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Postby Bess » Mon Jun 27, 2005 11:51 am

Hi Guys,

I'm challenging myself to write a novel (first draft) in 30 days. I recently purchased a book by Chris Baty entitled No Plot? No Problem! A Low-Stress, High-Velocity Guide to Writing A Novel In 30 Days.

In order to write the novel in 30 days you have to first give yourself permission to make mistakes in spelling, grammer, plot, setting, characters etc. You are essentially giving up quality for quanity. Writing for the joy of it and allowing your imagination the freedom to create something wonderful, but to do it you also must get rid of your self editor...no correcting anything until the first draft is finished. That's what the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, etc. drafts are for. The word count equals to a little over 1600 words a day. I began yesterday and have tucked 2106 words under my belt! For the next 30 days, I will post the previous days word count. I have asked to be absent from my writing group for this time and it will also cut out a lot of partisipating in other things. Do to my RA it takes me awhile to type.

Wish me luck!
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Postby bfsooner » Mon Jun 27, 2005 12:02 pm

Bess, I wish you the best of luck. My mother suffers from RA so I know through her pain how inhibiting it can be...but I also know that these things can be done. Again, good luck.
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Postby TheMudge » Mon Jun 27, 2005 12:07 pm

Good Luck, Bess!
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Postby charlesp » Mon Jun 27, 2005 3:22 pm

Go Bess Go!!! (with apologies to PD Eastman... and Bess)

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Postby mslover » Mon Jun 27, 2005 4:55 pm

charlesp wrote:Go Bess Go!!! (with apologies to PD Eastman... and Bess)
I've used that phrase a time or two myself - loved that book (must confess i still do :oops: )

Good luck Bess!

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Postby angel » Mon Jun 27, 2005 11:14 pm

Good luck, Bess! Keep us updated on your progress if you can!
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Postby Bess » Tue Jun 28, 2005 2:32 pm

Thank you all for your encouragement...

Sunday 6/26...2106
Monday 6/27...2853...total:4959

I'm finding this challenge to be totally liberating. I've always thought I had to have the whole novel ploted out...but I've found that at least for me this is not the case. Not having to worry about anything but churning out the words frees your creative mind to...well...create. Without your left brain(logical) self-editor constantly butting in telling you that what you've just written is stupid, that nobody would want to read a thing you wrote...delete...delete...delete, you are finally allowed to be truly creative.

I have also found that plot is generated by your characters...I suppose subconsciencely I already knew this, but it just never regestered. As long as you have characters doing something, you have plot.
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Postby angel » Tue Jun 28, 2005 3:01 pm

Keep it up, Bess. You're doing great!
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Postby charlesp » Tue Jun 28, 2005 3:27 pm

Go Bess Go!

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One day I realized that sadness is just another word for not enough coffee." - Wally (Dilbert)
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Postby Bess » Wed Jun 29, 2005 4:59 am

I couldn't sleep last night so I wrote until around 5:30 am est.

Word count: 6/28
3333...total to date: 8292

Characters are becoming more defined...plot starting to develope...
I may come back on later today and add more of my thoughts.
Anyone have any questions about the process?
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Postby Mlou » Wed Jun 29, 2005 9:05 am

Hey, Bess...don't know how I missed this thread!! I'm proud of you, sister of my heart. Am I in the book? :twisted: You know, the saintly, goody-goody character who's really up to no good?
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Postby Bess » Thu Jun 30, 2005 7:12 am

Definately! How could I write a novel without you in it...you are my inspiration.
You are the Guardian character...and what else would I name her but Mary?

Word count: 6/29...1640
Total to date: 9932

I would pat myself on the back...but I can't reach that far! :D
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Postby Mlou » Thu Jun 30, 2005 9:27 am

Consider yourself patted! :D
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Postby Bess » Fri Jul 01, 2005 3:26 pm

:D
From now to the end of my 30 days I'll only post the total word count.
I'm taking the holiday off so my next post will be Tuesday 6/5/05

Total to date: 10,289

Everyone, have a safe and joyful holiday! :congrats:
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Postby charlesp » Fri Jul 01, 2005 3:48 pm

:congrats: :rock: GO BESS!!!

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Postby Bess » Thu Jul 07, 2005 12:57 am

Wednesday July 6th... My mom's birthday... Happy Birthday Mom!

Total word count: 12,492

A little behind but still making progress.

Characters begining to do unexpected things.

After all these years, I'm finally begining to feel like a REAL writer instead of an imposter...and it feels great!

Mlou, my friend, thanks for being my inspiration. Everytime I look at my desktop wallpaper I am encouraged to continue on my quest. Thank you for being there...even when you are not... :wink:

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Postby angel » Thu Jul 07, 2005 1:12 am

Keep it up, Bess!
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Postby Bess » Sun Jul 10, 2005 6:36 am

Total word count: 17,237

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Postby Mlou » Sun Jul 10, 2005 1:09 pm

Hey, you're zooming!! Think back a way to word count: 0! Look how far you've come. I'll be waiting to read the finished product. (If I could only say I'm doing as well on the edit. I just bogged down and can't get started again. Ugh!)
Ironically, I can't seem to figure how to get it up as my own wallpaper. There's nothing in my stuff about making something wallpaper.
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Postby Bess » Sun Jul 10, 2005 2:33 pm

You'll be one of the first to read the finished product, Mlou.

Try using the Internet Explorer web browser once you are logged on then try right clicking in the explorer browser and see if it will give you the option of using wallpaper.
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Postby Mlou » Sun Jul 10, 2005 5:06 pm

See? You're already talking about the "finished product". You wouldn't have dreamed of that a while back! :-D Go, go, go!! Boom-a=lacka, boom-a-lacka...etc. Your personal cheerleader.
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Postby Bess » Tue Jul 12, 2005 6:19 am

Total word count for Tuesday 7/12/05

20,338 :rock:
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Postby Bess » Wed Jul 13, 2005 4:36 am

Total word count for Wednesday 7/13/05

22,597 :zzz:
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Postby Mlou » Wed Jul 13, 2005 1:04 pm

Go, Bess! :director: :coffee2: But stop to fill the tank! Don't want to run out of gas.
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Postby charlesp » Wed Jul 13, 2005 1:28 pm

:clap: :congrats: :clap:

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One day I realized that sadness is just another word for not enough coffee." - Wally (Dilbert)

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