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It's that time again. November is National Novel Writing Month. Over 140,000 writers have taken up the challenge so far this year to write a 50,000 novel (or at least, a 50,000 word great-start-to-a-novel) in one month. NaNoWriMo, as it's more commonly known, has grown tremendously since its inception, and the online and offline support communities around it have led to its success - millions of attempts and hundreds of thousands of successes, including novels written during NaNoWriMo that were traditionally published.

The program works through mutual support and accountability. If you think you could have a book in you, but you've never gotten around to it, and you're ready for an adventure, check out NANOWRIMO.ORG If you're asking "Who the #@$% can write a book in a month?!" think of it like this...1667 words/day times 30 days = 50,000 words (or so). Those 1667 words actually AREN'T that many. It's about 6 pages, double-spaced in 12-point type. But YEAH, it's about 6 pages EVERY DAY for 30 days. But if you like a challenge and are willing to wake up a little earlier, stay up a little later, forego some television (or political arguments on the Café)...you can find the time. Maybe.

I'm going to give it a shot for the first time this year. I'm officially a "NaNoWriMo Rebel," working outside the box, as my project is not a novel, but a work of non-fiction. I've decided to get started on "147," my planned history of boxing's welterweight division. I've been reading source material, taking notes, organizing ideas, etc., but not actually writing yet, because we start at 12:00 a.m. on November 1st, and go until 11:59 p.m. on the 30th.

Some of you (us) guys probably crank out 75,000 words a month just in NVMS alone!

Any other idiots ERRRRR brave souls out there?
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Break a leg. I've been working on a novel on and off for about seven years, and each time I go back to write, I forget the characters' names, or I have a whole different set of questions for them. But it is on my bucket list--novel before I kick the bucket.
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I've had a work-in-progress novel on the back burner for many years now. It's centered around my actual experiences while touring and performing with rock stars. The biggest stumbling block I have is: my stories - while absolutely true - are so outrageous, people might not believe them!

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@flowoboL,
Thanks for the heads up.

Does a program exist that lets you know how many words are contained in a manuscript?
I've had several stories published locally. I always struggle with the word counts.
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On 2013-10-25 15:16, Devious wrote:
@flowoboL,
Thanks for the heads up.

Does a program exist that lets you know how many words are contained in a manuscript?
I've had several stories published locally. I always struggle with the word counts.


Most word processing programs have a Word Count feature. On Microsoft Word (my version, anyway), it's under the "Review" tab.
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In MSWord 2007 and later (maybe even 2003) the word count is in the lower left corner of the window. If you highlight a subsection of the text, you get both counts automatically.

In the later versions alt+r+w pops up the document statistics. Probably works in earlier versions too.
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Thanks for the reminder, Lobo. I'm going to try this. And I'm looking forward to your book on the welterweights!
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Am too busy writing my next mentalism opus, scheduled for release next year.
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Slaps his forehead...all this time right in my face.
Thanks for the headsup (pun intended).

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I have been blessed with many talents, but writing is not one of them. Break a leg my friend.
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On 2013-10-25 16:26, Woland wrote:
Thanks for the reminder, Lobo. I'm going to try this. And I'm looking forward to your book on the welterweights!


I'm registered under the same user name...feel free to add me as a friend, or whatever they call it there.
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On 2013-10-25 16:44, mastermindreader wrote:
Am too busy writing my next mentalism opus, scheduled for release next year.


Dang, I was hoping it was coming out this year.
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Good luck, Lobo! Sounds... exhausting. Smile
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I orignally had a manga I was trying to write as a script. My wife suggested I try making it a novel instead.
Maybe I'll focus on that this month, but probably not.
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On 2013-10-25 16:44, mastermindreader wrote:
Am too busy writing my next mentalism opus, scheduled for release next year.


Dang, I was hoping it was coming out this year.


One IS coming out this year- in November at MindVention (twelve days from now). I'm working on the one that comes out after that.
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Update:

The best advice I got was to create a buffer, i.e. write more than the required average early. Unfortunately, it was hard advice to take, due to my non-writing schedule and also the fact that I have to utilize a higher percentage of references for the early part of the boom (as opposed to happenings from the early-mid 20th century and beyond, with which I'm more familiar off the top of my head). As a result, I'm behind pace. After today, the straight-line pace would be 11662 words (after yesterday, it was 10,000). As things stand, I'm at 6671 (about 26 1/2 pages). But I'll still get a fair amount more done today (aiming for 8,000 or so), and the prorated pace hasn't changed that much. At the outset, it was 1666 words per day; from here, 1806 words per day will get there. But I plan to get ahead of the 1666 pace soon, hopefully by the end of the weekend or early next week.

As far as the historical timeline, I've gone from the generally accepted beginning of the modern weight class (in 1888) into the very beginning of the 20th century, and am now working on Joe Walcott (no relation to heavyweight champion Jersey Joe Walcott, who took his name from the welterweight champ). More to follow!
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How many words have you written here in that time. Smile

No, seriously good luck. I've always been a frustrated novelist. Even went to France in my early 20's to emulate Henry Miller. It isn't and easy task and its a great accomplishment just to finish.
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How many words have you written here in that time. Smile

No, seriously good luck. I've always been a frustrated novelist. Even went to France in my early 20's to emulate Henry Miller. It isn't and easy task and its a great accomplishment just to finish.


I wish it were as easy as the offhand rants I fire off in here! I'd break all records.
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Lobo-

Being a big boxing fan, I'd really like to read your work after you've finished it.

I've been working on a serio-comic semi-autobiography for the past couple of years. I'm afraid to complete it, though, because I'm superstitious about finishing it with "The End." Smile
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I'll make sure you get a copy.
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"...as we reason and love, we are able to hope. And hope enables us to resist those things that would enslave us."
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