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Dave at Work
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I don't know if anyone here is still doing any writing, but I was just reminded that it is National Novel Writing Month.

http://www.nanowrimo.org/

I don't know if I will have any time this month to write, but I am going to sit down after I get back from the gym this evening and see if I can come up with an idea at least.

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Why November, I wonder? Are there a lot of would-be novel writers who have extra spare time in November? I imagine turkey farmers wind down around about now (I don't suppose they are processing turkeys in seasonal volume right up to the week of...or are they?).

I should write something about what a group with a shared slow season gets up to during it. That'll probably work better with a comedic story than anything else, though. (Imagine a Koontz style thriller about a secret cabal of turkey farmers.)

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I don't know why November. I've been aware of this one for quite a few years now and I've seen other writing contests/challenges in other forms as well. There is one called The First Line where every 3 months they provide a line and there is a contest to produce short stories that start with that line, and I have seen others out there as well. I always keep coming up with some excuse to not participate. Not this time, I say! This time I'm going to join in! even if I am getting a late start. [Roll Eyes]

I did some brainstorming last night and came up with about a dozen ideas. I am going to try and pick one tonight and start writing.

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"(Imagine a Koontz style thriller about a secret cabal of turkey farmers.)"

What's scary, scifi, isn't that you imagine a secret cabal of turkey farmers or that I can do just that, but that you asked us to specifically imagine it "Koontz-style". As if the selector dials on our imaginations have so precise a setting.

I thought only porn search engines could do that.

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Foolish as I feel about it, here's why. I read a Koontz novel that week. And I said to myself, "Wow, this is just like that other Koontz novel." So I had it in my head that he has a consistent style.

And now that you mention it, I brought him up elsewhere lately too, and referred to tropes that he's used multiple times having to do with evil geniuses.

But no, there's no reason to expect that people can share my delusion of thinking I have a handle on one guy's writing techniques and underlying thought processes, and then also project it onto imaginary stories.

So put it this way: wouldn't it be cute if there was a novel about a secret cabal of turkey farmers whose evil schemes threatened to disrupt True Love, promote the utility of psychiatry, and make helpless women suffer for their pleasure?

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Now THAT'S a 1-2-3 knockout punch. Tom Cruise is pissing his britches.
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quote:
Originally posted by scifibum:

Why November, I wonder?

I figure it's because November is the only month that begins with N. [Smile]

On another note, it annoyed me when I heard someone who finished a novel during National Novel Writing Month refer to herself as having "won" it. Do you win a marathon when you finish one? Or are there contests related to NaNoWriMo that I don't know of?

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If you read the information on the site, they encourage that. There is no traditional winner. You either managed to complete a 50,000 word work or you did not. People who did call themselves winners. They do not judge it on any other merits, just the completion of a 50,000 word work. The purpose is to encourage you to sit down and write. For some it has led to the breakthrough that eventually got them published.

I only got about 10-15K words done myself, but I actually managed to get myself started on writing a story I have been kicking around for years. Whether you "win" or not, if you take the spirit of it seriously it can help get started or restarted with writing fiction.

Of course you could cheat and just put a bunch of nonsense in a file and send it off and the word count could make you a "winner", but since the idea is personal motivation such efforts are counter productive to the individual that tries it. Also such shenanigans do not take away from those that take it seriously since there is no winner in the traditional sense.

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I think NaNoWriMo is a good idea for some people, and I have no problem with the organizers declaring everybody winners as a tongue-in-cheek gesture. But when I found out that what this girl called "winning" was what most people would call "completing", I felt lied to.
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They don't make a secret of it, they come right out and say it on the website. I suppose if you go direct to reading such comments without knowing what the contest was about you preconceptions may bring about your reaction, but they didn't lie to you.
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