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cleolinda

Against my better judgment, I'm going to try to do NaNoWriMo this year, but I promise nothing, and don't expect to finish. I'm trying to think which story I want to try to do--since I tend to write (but not finish, fnarr) a lot of historical fiction, I'm stuck with the problem of what have I researched enough to get going. A story set on, let's say, a farm in the countryside is a bit easier because you only need to research agriculture in general; you can make up the lay of the land. A story set in London or Paris in a particular year presents huge problems because there are certain things you need to get right--a lot of scenes can't proceed if you don't know the physical details of your setting; a lot of scenes or even entire plot points suggest themselves once you've done some kind of location research, even if it's just looking at a map or reading a guidebook contemporary to the period. (Now you know why Black Ribbon drags on and on with the not getting finished.) So what I'm saying is... the story with the farm is starting to look really appealing right now.

Caffeine-stoked energy drinks worry Docs. There may be a reason why "Docs" is capitalized, but I'm not sure what it is. Maybe Doc Martens are extremely concerned.

British Titanic survivor condemns black market relics trade.

Jordan Catalano choked Frodo!

St. Louis named most dangerous U.S. city. " 'It's just sad the way this city is,' resident Sam Dawson said. 'On the news you hear killings, someone's been shot.' Mayor Francis Slay did not return calls to his office seeking comment Sunday." Wait...


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"Mayor Slay" is just too perfect, isn't it? It's a touch of Buffy-Season-3, but that never gets old.

And here's to your concentration for NaNo. 'Cause I'm gonna give it a shot, too, but last year didn't go well at all. Must remember to concentrate on quantity, not quality; writing is rewriting, so November's just the grunt work. Persevere! Damn the grammar checker, full speed ahead!

Must remember to concentrate on quantity, not quality; writing is rewriting, so November's just the grunt work. Persevere!

::cheers fellow WriMo::

Just so you know, I took your motto earlier this year as my new year resolution: to finish things.

Since the end of July:
[1] I decluttered my stuff, liek woah, and Goodwill loved me.
[2] I moved from Texas to Colorado.
[3] I did all the bureaucratic stuff to live in another state.

I am going to do NaNoWriMo and finish 50k words by November 26th because I'm leaving on a jet plane on the 27th. I am writing historical fiction, where the operative word is "fiction", and hey, Dumas fucked around with history to suit his sense of the characters and their goals. (Don't forget mention of the clock in Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, which is wrong and could be edited out, but that hasn't stopped people from reading, producing, and enjoying the play.) I think readers remember the Musketeers and D'Artagnan more than they recall what year they buckled a swash in, or if a particular bridge over the Seine was under repair that decade.

Next month, I will work on areas in the manuscript where research confirms what the characters do. I am not writing an academic paper on the geography, architectural details, and minute details of daily life, transport, food, and clothing. I can fill in those details, if necessary, after writing a story to make readers -- and me -- enjoy turning the page. Meanwhile, I have a map of the story's city in that period, but I can just write, "They ran down the street" instead of dithering over the street name.

Besides, I'm writing historical fantasy. That is license to make shit up. And yes, grounding the fantastic in real details of the period will give it verisimilitude. But I have to finish writing the story before anyone gets to read it, including me.

I'm trying to think which story I want to try to do--since I tend to write (but not finish, fnarr) a lot of historical fiction, I'm stuck with the problem of what have I researched enough to get going.

Y'know, I had a similar quandry with the 3-Day this year when it became clear to me that the only ripe plotbunny (or, um, something that's not a mixed metaphor) took place in 1666. Then I just went ahead and wrote it anyway (doing a lot of research on the fly), and I'll worry about accuracy when and if revision time comes.

Well, if your plotbunny is ripe, I'd say it's time to clean its cage. Then you vacuum the cat...

Jared Leto needs to have his ass kicked.

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I had the same moral dilemma.

Nooo! Not NaNoWriMo! It's lock-step creativity!

And to think I've accidentally started to write a novel near NaNoWriMo. It's depressing. Kinda like New Year's Revolutions or somesuch. :p

Yarha, The Beatings Will Continue Until Creativity Goals are Met

Jordan Catalano choked Frodo!

Now that is a crazy mental image.


And as for St. Louis, my first reaction upon seeing the headline was "Why? Because when we get the big earthquake [that's been promised by seismologists to hit the area in the next 50 years] the arch is gonna fall down and crush the city?"

NaNo! I'm the same name over there.

I'm doing Nano too! Glad to hear you're going to take a crack at it. Might as well use it as a jumping off point and see how much you accomplish. I'm soleta_nf on Nano, by the way, if you want to add me. Just let me know your name on there (same as here?) so I can add you back!

I'm doing NaNoWriMo too, my name is silvermarquis over there though. Remember just to have fun with it and not worry about plot details - all I have in my mind is a rough idea of the main character so far. Should be a crazy month!

I'm doing Nano! My strategy this year is to work in the fantasy genre (something I have never done before), just *because* I don't want to have to worry about accuracy, or things making sense. The way I see it, this way I can just plow through and construct my world as I go, and worry about the internal logic later.

(*runs off back to Prestige post*)

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