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NaNoWriMo 2010

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Margaret
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Favourite HF book: Checkmate, the final novel in the Lymond series
Preferred HF: Literary novels. Late medieval and Renaissance.
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Post by Margaret » Wed November 3rd, 2010, 1:08 am

I will applaud for sane and attainable any day!
Browse over 5000 historical novel listings (probably well over 5000 by now, but I haven't re-counted lately) and over 700 reviews at www.HistoricalNovels.info

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MLE (Emily Cotton)
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Interest in HF: started in childhood with the classics, which, IMHO are HF even if they were contemporary when written.
Favourite HF book: Prince of Foxes, by Samuel Shellabarger
Preferred HF: Currently prefer 1600 and earlier, but I'll read anything that keeps me turning the page.
Location: California Bay Area

Post by MLE (Emily Cotton) » Wed November 3rd, 2010, 3:48 am

Well, the site is loading slower than molasses, but today I got in another 1,348. Not as fast as I'd hoped, but on the other hand, I'm really pleased with the quality of what I got done.

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Margaret
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Posts: 2440
Joined: August 2008
Interest in HF: I can't answer this in 100 characters. Sorry.
Favourite HF book: Checkmate, the final novel in the Lymond series
Preferred HF: Literary novels. Late medieval and Renaissance.
Location: Catskill, New York, USA
Contact:

Post by Margaret » Wed November 3rd, 2010, 5:39 am

And probably more than you would have written without NaNo!
Browse over 5000 historical novel listings (probably well over 5000 by now, but I haven't re-counted lately) and over 700 reviews at www.HistoricalNovels.info

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LoveHistory
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Post by LoveHistory » Fri November 5th, 2010, 3:24 pm

I generally consider more people participating in something as horizon-broadening as NaNo to be a good thing, but apparently the servers disagree. Don't remember this many problems last year.

Anybody else considering donating just to try and help fix this for next year?

Editing: ok, eating words somewhat. Appears the problem is fixed. Pages now load faster than snail's pace. Hope it lasts.

I'm not very optimistic today.
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Post by SarahWoodbury » Fri November 5th, 2010, 4:34 pm

I always donate when I participate. It's in no way required, but I want to encourage it's continuance. Even my 13 year old son was inspired to participate this year--he wrote 1000 words the other day and I tried not to stand up and do a little jig :) Well worth the $10.

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MLE (Emily Cotton)
Bibliomaniac
Posts: 3562
Joined: August 2008
Interest in HF: started in childhood with the classics, which, IMHO are HF even if they were contemporary when written.
Favourite HF book: Prince of Foxes, by Samuel Shellabarger
Preferred HF: Currently prefer 1600 and earlier, but I'll read anything that keeps me turning the page.
Location: California Bay Area

Post by MLE (Emily Cotton) » Fri November 5th, 2010, 8:57 pm

I have given up on trying to load the nano site. But it has given me a certain amount of motivation to get on with the WIP in spite of the many distractions of my normal life. So that part, at least, has worked.

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Margaret
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Posts: 2440
Joined: August 2008
Interest in HF: I can't answer this in 100 characters. Sorry.
Favourite HF book: Checkmate, the final novel in the Lymond series
Preferred HF: Literary novels. Late medieval and Renaissance.
Location: Catskill, New York, USA
Contact:

Post by Margaret » Fri November 5th, 2010, 10:45 pm

The NaNo site is working much better now, MLE. I'd encourage you to give it another try.
Browse over 5000 historical novel listings (probably well over 5000 by now, but I haven't re-counted lately) and over 700 reviews at www.HistoricalNovels.info

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Julianne Douglas
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Post by Julianne Douglas » Fri November 12th, 2010, 2:52 pm

How is NaNo going, everyone? I've reached close to 5000 words, which although paltry in comparison to some, is an accomplishment for me. I think I've only not written two days so far. I find the contest and companionship great for motivation and daily discipline.
Julianne Douglas

Writing the Renaissance

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LoveHistory
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Post by LoveHistory » Fri November 12th, 2010, 8:47 pm

I'm actually ahead for my goal this year. I'm even working on non-NaNo writing as well.

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MLE (Emily Cotton)
Bibliomaniac
Posts: 3562
Joined: August 2008
Interest in HF: started in childhood with the classics, which, IMHO are HF even if they were contemporary when written.
Favourite HF book: Prince of Foxes, by Samuel Shellabarger
Preferred HF: Currently prefer 1600 and earlier, but I'll read anything that keeps me turning the page.
Location: California Bay Area

Post by MLE (Emily Cotton) » Fri November 12th, 2010, 9:39 pm

I'm just plodding along. But I am back to my pre-slump pace of around 5K a week. As for Nano, instead of trying to figure out the site, I'm spending the time writing instead. I was really doing it as NanoFImo and the WIP is now at 72K. Which is a problem, because it's only at the half-way mark, and 144K finished is too many words.

I'm miserly with descriptions and don't info-dump history or settings. But even with all that, the plot has to be intricate because the history is complicated, people are multi-faceted and daily life back then posed a LOT of problems. I can't skip steps in the plot; and besides, I only include scenes that are pivotal action and/or emotion-wringing moments.

I don't seem to be able to write short books. I have four others in various stages, and not one of them is under 115K, not even the YA that was supposed to be short and sweet.
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