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This community is a place for participants of National Novel Writing Month living in Seattle and the surrounding area to hang out, share war stories, relax.

Okay, that's really pretty and all, but it's also a place for us to keep in touch during the other eleven months of the year, too! Welcome!

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Oct. 30th, 2010 @ 12:55 am SHAMELESS PROMOTION
Current Location: Capitol Hill
Current Mood: okayokay
Current Music: They Might Be Giants - Contrecoup | Powered by Last.fm
Hello Seattle NaNo-ers! I started a general Seattle writing community awhile ago but it never really got off the ground. I'd love to get some NaNo stuff going through there, and stuff the rest of the year too! Please come check it out! rainydaywriters. (I'll be posting this in the general Seattle comm too, sorry if you have to see it twice.)
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Nov. 30th, 2009 @ 07:54 pm Across the finish line!
Current Location: study
Current Mood: accomplished
If you still follow me at all, because I've been such a lousy friend on LJ, you might be aware that I barely managed to finish NaNoWriMo this year. I made 50,372 words at about 4:00 this afternoon. I haven't been this late since my first NaNo in 2004. The book isn't quite finished. I have another chapter to write to tie up the loose ends, then about 20,000 words that I wrote in a previous version that I want to rewrite for this version. But the story works, in spite of those occasional places where I was simply writing through in order to get anything written at all. Gutenberg's Other Book is now a reality.

I wasn't sure I was even going to participate this year. I started writing GOB last January and at 42,000 words in August I was discouraged and thought it was mostly trash. I sent it to cloister27 and asked him to comment. I also had my wife read the work. She brooks no crap when she wants to read a story. The combined results of the two gave me hope and misery. It was a good story and had some cool things in it. But it was really scattered and unfocused. I decided to throw the entire thing out and start writing over again. I felt I could do it during NaNoWriMo because it wasn't an edit. I was literally starting from scratch. I won't say that nothing from the earlier draft made its way into this one, but this is a completely different book than the one I abandoned in August.

You may know that I've been unemployed since March this year and have been struggling to find a new job. In the meantime, I've been expanding my publishing empire by adding two self-publishing sites. http://rememberswhen.com is a place for your memoirs. http://wroteabook.com is a place for your fiction. They are both pretty cool and worth a look. Mention #nanosea and you get your wrote a book account for free! I also got a contract the week before NaNo started and have been working full time designing eBooks -- a contract that will end by the end of the year. But it has been challenging, and time-consuming at a time that I wanted to focus on writing.

The short of it is that I'm sorry I haven't been a better LJ friend, I haven't read your posts regularly, commented on anything, or posted much other than my Tweets. I'd like to spend more time here, which is where I started with on-line journaling and made some incredible acquaintances in the writing world. I'll do better next month, I promise.

I hope you have all had a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday, NaNo if you wrote, and that you are safe, warm, and fed this holiday season.
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Nov. 1st, 2009 @ 07:25 pm NaNo Rewards?
Hey there everyone, Abigail here ("AbigailJoy" on the NaNo page, and Princess Peach if you were at HalloNanoween last night at Denny's).

If you've read No Plot? No Problem! then you surely remember the encouragement to treat yourself while writing. "Have you just finished a sentence? Eat an M&M!" Well, I've just discovered that cashews are not a good reward food, as they are both greasy and salty, elements I wish not to put onto my keyboard. I've just passed 2500 words and I need a reward. What are your favorite reward foods?

I should think that M&Ms might be unsurpassable, as they are the perfect combination of delicious, non-finger-dirtying, and small (thereby allowing frequent and numerous writing rewards).
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Pirate Princess
Oct. 29th, 2009 @ 09:22 pm (no subject)
Ok! The one-and-only NaNoWriMo drunken write-in is official now! If you're in the Seattle area and are participating in National Novel Writing Month, join us on Wednesdays at 7 at the Old Pequliar in Ballard for pub food, drinks, word wars, and prizes from Archee McPhee!
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Oct. 3rd, 2009 @ 04:33 pm (no subject)
Current Location: study
Current Mood: creative
I've just had my rough concept and scenes for "Gutenberg's Other Book" reviewed by cloister27 and can't tell you how helpful his comments are. I'm putting together a plan now to actually write the book correctly during NaNo this year. Insights into believability of characters, situations, and my occasional "too contrived" plot twists really help to focus on what is important and valuable in my concept and what is really me wandering along trying to find a plausible motive for a behavior that I want.

I am a five-time NaNo participant and winner. From the time that I gently persuaded Cloister to join the fray, he has constantly given great feedback on the writing that I produce. You can see his comments on any of my blogged novels (list at my profile) where he has given consistent feedback as the novels progress. I've always been one to plan out incredible details of my writing months ahead of NaNoWrimo with plot outlines and character discussions taking place on my Noveling Notes blog. But somehow, I'm feeling better prepared than ever for this year's sixth win.

I should also mention that Cloister's book-doctoring at the Pacific Northwest Writers' Association Conference this summer was one of the most popular and enthusiastically received features of the conference, and it doesn't surprise me to find that he is giving back to NaNo this year by offering to answer questions for free. Check out his offer on the NaNo boards and take him up on it!
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Oct. 2nd, 2009 @ 01:40 pm The Duck Story
Hey folks:
It's 2009 NaNo season!! Can you believe it? I decided that, rather than clutter the forus with added sticky topics this year I would post the long story of how we became hydrophobic ducks here for all to see :)

Is as follows:

In 2004 Chris Baty visited our area just prior to the beginning of NaNoWriMo. Several of us who had met on the forums decided to attend, but wanted to assure that we could find each other once we were at the event. It was then suggested by then rookie-wrimo Xaandria that we each bring a rubber duck with us so that we could easily identify each other. The ducks were labeled with our forum usernames and many solid friendships were formed. Rubber ducks then became the official mascot of the Seattle NaNo organization, and have been present at every write-in since. It seems a ducky is an easy way for new wrimos to find the NaNo group in a café full of people with laptops.

The 2004 ML shared with us a story about the asininity of the U of Oregon having once not allowed their live mascot (a duck) onto the field in the rain for fear it would get wet. Several of us agreed that year to include a ‘hydrophobic duck’ in our novels. There has been a duck in some form appearing in Seattle wrimos’ novels every November since then. The 2005 ducks had antennae, the 2006 ducks were on fire, and the 2007 ducks were either wearing or part of a hat and they made an unusual noise, in 2008 there had to be ten of them in honor of the 10th anniversary of NaNoWriMo.

And, without further ado, the 2009 duck:

It's silly fun and good for at least a few hundred words. :)
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Nov. 30th, 2008 @ 11:17 pm I WON!!!
Current Location: Home, Seattle, WA
Current Mood: jubilantjubilant
I did it! I'm a nanowrimo winner!!!

Woohoo!!! I've tried a few times before. I'm going to say three, even though I've started every year for the past five, only during three of them did I make any real effort. And I still like my story. I finished with just over 50100 words. I would like to go back, sometime that is not now and clean it up, fix up the ending, edit some, and maybe someday do something with it. For now, though, I'm just really happy that I won!
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Nov. 28th, 2008 @ 09:34 pm It helps to have good material...

Ok, I don't know about _good_, exactly, but it helps to have material that inspires you.

After missing a day yesterday (with all the cooking, cleaning, and kid-wrangling involved in pulling off turkey day, when evening came around and the kids were in bed I didn't have the energy to write my name, much less pound out another 1700 words), today I had my best day of the month, with 4040 total!

What did it for me was a totally unexpected "play within a play" scene, that I'm pretty happy with. Here it is, after the cut. (Oh, and for Wayzgoose, there's an easter egg hidden in there that I couldn't resist, that only you and people who know you will be able to find):

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Nov. 21st, 2008 @ 08:48 pm The Fifth Duck
Current Location: study
Current Mood: satisfiedsatisfied
I can't believe that I'm 35,577 words into this story and I've only made it to five ducks! Will I actually succeed in getting ten ducks in this story? I wonder. The whole story is posted at http://stnterror.blogspot.com. Here is duck number five.
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There are seven deaths in this Once Upon a Time! Unbelievable!
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Nov. 21st, 2008 @ 02:40 pm Ok, I guess I just needed to whine a little bit.

Since whining the other day about how NaNoWriMo is kicking my ass, I've had two great days of writing.  Cut my deficit from 8019 words behind-pace to just 4999 words behind.  And I saved my file today with thirty-thousand and ONE words to my name.  Woo Hoo!

Now I just have to find a way to keep it up over the weekend.  Weekends are always the hardest for me.

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