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Post by Julianne Douglas » Fri October 31st, 2008, 4:26 pm

EC2--I'm a terribly slow writer, too, which I why I hope to jump start things a bit by participating in this. If I hoped to write 50,000 words, I'd be setting myself up for an "epic fail," as my teens like to say. I'll be happy if I even get 10,000 words down!
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Post by Julianne Douglas » Fri October 31st, 2008, 4:31 pm

Divia, give it a try! We can all be buddies and encourage each other. The site was very slow this morning, but you can always sign up tomorrow, or just do it unofficially. The goal is to get words on the page in a first pass without getting bogged down in editing.

Alaric--that's great that your friend actually produced a useable manuscript. I've heard good and bad things about what one winds up with at the end. I guess agents complain they get swamped with atrocious manuscripts in December--people never go back and edit before they send out their work! The site claims Sara Gruen wrote Water for Elephants for NaNo. That's definitely a success story!

Cordaella--I'm julianned over on the site. Please add me as a buddy and we can link up over there or run a progress thread here. Maybe people who aren't participating would rather we do it here so they can cheer us on from the sidelines!
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Post by Julianne Douglas » Fri October 31st, 2008, 4:58 pm

Sorry, Michelle, I didn't mean to skip you! It does sound like you have a similar task in front of you--best of luck as you tackle it! If we do run a NaNo thread here, please join in.
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Post by xiaotien » Fri October 31st, 2008, 5:44 pm

julianne, of course i wanted you to add
me! i'll add you, too! i bet you'll get to know
the stresses of writing under contract
soon enough!

i use nano for my own selfish reason--just
to establish a writing routine and getting over
whatever fear / inertia i may be experiencing.

and my mantra for november?

i am allowed to write utter poo.
i am allowed to write utter poo.
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Post by Julianne Douglas » Fri October 31st, 2008, 5:52 pm

Cindy--I hope you don't mind my asking, but I'm curious how much writing you get done every day with your little ones. How often do they go to school? Do you have babysitters when they're home? Do you stay up late at night after they're in bed? I have two teens and a 3 year old, who goes to preschool for only nine hours a week. With all the driving and everyone underfoot, it's really hard to get work done. The older I get, the harder it is to stay up late. I'm getting really frustrated! I got my first novel almost completed before the little one was born and I had the entire day while the others were at school to write. It's been very hard switching back to constant mommy-time, writingwise.
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Post by xiaotien » Fri October 31st, 2008, 6:03 pm

*head explodes*

haha! just kidding, julianne. those
are great questions! i wrote after they
went to bed. for rough drafting, it was the
only way. i needed quiet and i needed zen.
often, i'd go over to starbucks--but that was
more for my one year / six drafts of revising!

when i began writing, my son was at home
with me and my daughter was in preschool
three mornings a week for 3 hours. but i did
no writing during that time because the munchkin
was at home. =) i did have a sitter but i usually
used those four hours to go to the gym--unless
i was sick. then i'd write.

so almost all my revising / writing was done
at night for a couple of hours at a time. it does
seem there is more activities the older they get
from school and social things! sweet pea just
started kindy and my son is in preschool 5 days
a week now for about 4 hours!

it'll be interesting to see how nano goes. because
the schedule is so different this time around and
what free time i'm allowed. i don't like writing so
much at night anymore, but i probably will still.
maybe only an hour or some. i'll stop by 10pm
so i can "relax" and watch an hour or so of tele
before bed.

good luck! the juggling isn't easy--but we can
do it!
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Post by EC2 » Fri October 31st, 2008, 6:12 pm

My sons were 6 and 3 when my first book was accepted for publication, which meant I was writing it when they were 5 and 2. (I had other novels not accepted for publication of which 3 had been written in between childbirth!) I worked in the playroom. I worked while cooking dinner (10 minutes while the veg cooked). I worked when they had gone to bed. I didn't have any childcare - we couldn't afford it. I was going out to work in the evenings shelf-filling at the local supermarket to help make ends meet, and then staying at home with the boys during the day.
Somehow I managed it. I think I was bloody minded and made time for myself. I set myself a daily word target - not too difficult a one - and then I stuck to it come hell or high water. You just have to dig in and persevere.
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For never will cowards fall down there.'

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Post by xiaotien » Fri October 31st, 2008, 6:16 pm

EC, that is so inspiring. wow!
i could never work just snippets at a time...
but if that is all you have, then you just do it.

you rock! and deserve all your success!!

wow!
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Post by Julianne Douglas » Fri October 31st, 2008, 6:37 pm

Wow, EC, I admire your determination. I'm a famous one for finding excuses and wasting time. My husband keeps telling me that if you want something bad enough, you make it happen. I wish I were more like you!

Cindy, when the older ones were little, I would write at night. I wrote my entire 400 page Ph.D. dissertation when my two kids were under the age of 4, and somehow I survived. But I was what, fifteen years younger then! It's just so much harder to function the next day now if I stay up past midnight. But I'm gonna have to if I even hope to reach a reasonable goal for NaNo.

I think I can, I think I can, I think I can, I think I can...
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Post by EC2 » Fri October 31st, 2008, 6:48 pm

[quote=""Julianne Douglas""]

I think I can, I think I can, I think I can, I think I can...[/quote]

You KNOW you can, you KNOW you can! :D
I have found that now mine are grown and I've reached my half century, I have more energy and can stay awake longer. I'm better now than I was in my thirties! But then these days I get more time in the day to process my own thoughts - I think that's part of it. When your head is filled with other people's needs and demands, it's essential to keep a part aside for yourself.
Les proz e les vassals
Souvent entre piez de chevals
Kar ja li coard n’I chasront

'The Brave and the valiant
Are always to be found between the hooves of horses
For never will cowards fall down there.'

Histoire de Guillaume le Mareschal

www.elizabethchadwick.com

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