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Old November 5th, 2013 (09:08 AM).
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Got 2600 words in an hour,
Wow, that's more than I get in a day. I'm pretty slow when it comes to writing, so I'm hoping for 20,000 words. With college it will be a struggle, but I think I can do it.
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Old November 9th, 2013 (02:21 AM). Edited November 9th, 2013 by Cutlerine.
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Time is definitely a difficult thing to come by. I've only just started writing again after a dry spell of a year and a half - namely, the last six months of high school and the first year of university. I've had a fair amount of time this year, to be fair, but I've just been so drained with the amount of work I've had that it's tricky to get anything on paper.
Hey, it's Misheard Whisper! I'm probably the last person to notice that you've reappeared - you may blame the vicissitudes of life for distracting me, or perhaps just me for being absent - but it's nice to see you back. It's also good to hear that Champion Game isn't dead; I always liked that.

I've never been able to do NaNo, because it's in the second-worst month of the year for anyone in full-time education other than June. Not that I don't have time to write in November, but I never quite feel that I have enough time to commit to a target number of words. Whether that's true or not is open to debate; I certainly don't know. Still, good luck to anyone who is doing it.

Also, since I see other changes have occurred in my absence: congratulations, Slayr and Astinus. You both seem to have risen in the world.
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Old November 18th, 2013 (08:45 AM).
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I've never tried to participate in NaNo but seeing all the hype every year makes me pretty excited. It's something I've really been considering but each time my laziness gets the better of me and I don't even get many words in much less an actual story idea. :( Also agreeing with the above; November is too busy of a month for me to properly sit down and write. By the time I complete that 10-paged essay I usually don't want to think of writing for at least another month, ha.
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Old November 18th, 2013 (09:13 AM).
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I told myself I was going to do NaNo, but I don't think I'm doing it again. I just can't sit down and write without worrying about quality. I'm a bit of a perfectionist in that sense. I can't write something that I'm not proud of without editing the heck out of it. Unless it's an essay for school, then I just don't care. So in short, I pretty much failed this year's NaNo, and I'm probably not going to try again. November is busy for me as well, and I don't like putting the extra pressure on me to write.
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Old November 18th, 2013 (09:41 AM).
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I've heard about NaNoWriMo but never participated or understood it fully. I can't find any information that really explains more in detail what it's about before you have to sign up, on their website. So what is it really? National... Is it only for americans?
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Old November 18th, 2013 (12:46 PM).
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I've heard about NaNoWriMo but never participated or understood it fully. I can't find any information that really explains more in detail what it's about before you have to sign up, on their website. So what is it really? National... Is it only for americans?
NaNoWriMo is a writing event that takes place every November. The idea is to write a novel in 30 days, with a word goal of 50,000 words. The only thing you have to do to participate is make an account on the official NaNo website and submit your novel for word counting on the last day. The experience can be much deeper than that, however, as the community is absolutely ginormous. You can make writing buddies, participate in word wars, get help with your writing or help other people, etc. It's a blast!

And no, it's not only for Americans. You can join the site from any country and participate in the forums, though they are in English.
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Old November 19th, 2013 (01:05 AM).
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There is Camp NaNoWriMo, which is exactly like November's experience but it takes place during April and July. Those months tend to be a little better for people when it comes to finding free time, but Camp NaNo doesn't get as much excitement as the regular NaNo in November.

I've been kind of slow on counting words for a NaNo goal. Since I'm writing some stories by long-hand, it gets difficult to count words. What I do for those stories is at least try to complete a chapter. So far, a chapter has been completed for two different stories (one getting a second chapter and the other getting a prologue). Earlier today, I put on my headphones and decided to finish the last two chapters of another story. This one was typed directly to the computer.

9699 words in one night.

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Old November 19th, 2013 (07:36 AM).
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Yeah... I'm not going to say my progress towards my goal. It's quite sad actually, but I just don't have free time anymore to sit down and write. D:
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Old November 19th, 2013 (02:01 PM).
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Quote originally posted by Astinus:
9699 words in one night.
That's incredible! I've been working on an anthology of short stories over the last few months - if I could have written that many words in a single night, I'd have finished the first draft in about two weeks.
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Old November 21st, 2013 (05:55 PM).
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Quote originally posted by Astinus:
9699 words in one night.

Never again.
Goodness, that's quite a lot! Back in the day (as in a couple of years ago) I'd manage 4-6k words per day.. anything beyond that would probably kill my poor hands and wrists. I'd really like to get back in the habit of writing more, though. :'<
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Old November 22nd, 2013 (12:10 AM).
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If I did become a proper writer at some point, I'd want to be a children's book author ^^ Or at least for young adults. I've read so many fascinating children's books, the most entertaining being supernatural in one way or another. I can still pick up books for children or teenagers at the library and read just because I love the mood such books put me in.
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Old November 23rd, 2013 (12:37 AM).
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Quote originally posted by Astinus:
There is Camp NaNoWriMo, which is exactly like November's experience but it takes place during April and July. Those months tend to be a little better for people when it comes to finding free time, but Camp NaNo doesn't get as much excitement as the regular NaNo in November.

I've been kind of slow on counting words for a NaNo goal. Since I'm writing some stories by long-hand, it gets difficult to count words. What I do for those stories is at least try to complete a chapter. So far, a chapter has been completed for two different stories (one getting a second chapter and the other getting a prologue). Earlier today, I put on my headphones and decided to finish the last two chapters of another story. This one was typed directly to the computer.

9699 words in one night.

Never again.
I can never write that many ones in one night, haha. The most I did in one day was around 2K.

My NaNo goal this year is 20K, though unsure if I'll be able to make it. Been averaging 600 words everyday (saved for one day I skipped), so at least I'm writing a little each day. It's the research and planning my plot that I got sucked into the majority of the time, haha.
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Old November 23rd, 2013 (05:28 PM).
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It's the research and planning my plot that I got sucked into the majority of the time, haha.
That's not always a bad thing though! I know your post was pertaining to the challenge itself, but I don't think many a great novel has been written without a substantial amount of time invested into planning for it. My go-to for this is J.K. Rowling, who spent around six years fleshing out every detail of the Harry Potter universe before commencing work on the first book.

That's what I've read online, at least. I could be very wrong.

But yeah, quality > quantity, just so long as you don't think it's a good idea discontinuing the project after November passes, I suppose.

Edit: Also, hi, Bay, I don't think I've talked to you in years, haha.
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I apologize for suddenly changing the topic--but I am desperate for help. I used to be able to write relatively okay, but I seem to have lost that ability entirely. I know it sounds absurd, but it is true. I could produce considerably acceptable poetry within minutes--my past English teachers told me it was my 'forte'--but I really want to write stories again.

Several ideas pop in my head for a story, most of which are not part of a fandom, and I immediately put them away for later use. When I start developing it, I always end up in a stump. I start writing the first few sentences, then redo them because I feel it is unsatisfactory. Basically, that is my current dilemma--it is an endless loop of revising the first few sentences that I end up losing interest in writing the rest of it. I feel that everything I write is unsuitable to be read by the public. I guess one could blame lack of imagination, but I would like a more concrete reason.

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Old November 30th, 2013 (10:43 PM).
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I apologize for suddenly changing the topic--but I am desperate for help. I used to be able to write relatively okay, but I seem to have lost that ability entirely. I know it sounds absurd, but it is true. I could produce considerably acceptable poetry within minutes--my past English teachers told me it was my 'forte'--but I really want to write stories again.

Several ideas pop in my head for a story, most of which are not part of a fandom, and I immediately put them away for later use. When I start developing it, I always end up in a stump. I start writing the first few sentences, then redo them because I feel it is unsatisfactory. Basically, that is my current dilemma--it is an endless loop of revising the first few sentences that I end up losing interest in writing the rest of it. I feel that everything I write is unsuitable to be read by the public. I guess one could blame lack of imagination, but I would like a more concrete reason.

So, any advice?
Considering the last post in here was six days ago, I think I can let the sudden change of topic slide.

To be honest, I'm still not satisfied with the way I opened my story. It was the best scenario I could come up with, and I just decided to go with it. I wasn't really concerned about creating the perfect hook to catch my readers, I just wrote what I wanted to get across. If you're stuck on the introduction, just think about what you want to get across. Once you have that figured out, start thinking about how to get that across. Start writing it out and don't look back to revise until you feel like you got the information across. Then you may go back and revise. Don't get caught up in the beginning couple of sentences because I'm not sure if anybody is finally satisfied with theirs.

Since sticking with stories until the end was a huge weakness of mine, I'm going to share what helped me stay with one story for so long. I had previously tried to write two other stories. Both of them didn't make it past the second chapter. I think what made the story I'm currently working on different wasn't the idea that this idea was somehow more meaningful to me. I spent a ton of time planning it out. I spent about a full year planning it out and just waiting. I was going to wait until I graduated college to write it because I didn't want to screw it up. However, one day I just couldn't wait anymore, so I began writing. I think because I didn't start writing it out immediately, but rather let the idea sit and brew in my head, I didn't lose interest while writing it out. If an idea can sit in your head for that long and you still want to write it, I think that greatly increases your chances for finishing it.

The final piece of advice I can give you is post it here. I can't really give you much help if I can't base my advice off of your writing. For all I know, none of this is helping you, but if I read your writing, then I can tell you what's working and what's not. So post it here!
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Old December 1st, 2013 (03:47 AM).
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To be honest, I'm still not satisfied with the way I opened my story. It was the best scenario I could come up with, and I just decided to go with it. I wasn't really concerned about creating the perfect hook to catch my readers, I just wrote what I wanted to get across. If you're stuck on the introduction, just think about what you want to get across. Once you have that figured out, start thinking about how to get that across. Start writing it out and don't look back to revise until you feel like you got the information across. Then you may go back and revise. Don't get caught up in the beginning couple of sentences because I'm not sure if anybody is finally satisfied with theirs.
I really just can't help editing it immediately. I guess I should find I way to stop it from happening. I'll try just writing it, regardless whether I keep telling myself that it's bad haha

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Since sticking with stories until the end was a huge weakness of mine, I'm going to share what helped me stay with one story for so long. I had previously tried to write two other stories. Both of them didn't make it past the second chapter. I think what made the story I'm currently working on different wasn't the idea that this idea was somehow more meaningful to me. I spent a ton of time planning it out. I spent about a full year planning it out and just waiting. I was going to wait until I graduated college to write it because I didn't want to screw it up. However, one day I just couldn't wait anymore, so I began writing. I think because I didn't start writing it out immediately, but rather let the idea sit and brew in my head, I didn't lose interest while writing it out. If an idea can sit in your head for that long and you still want to write it, I think that greatly increases your chances for finishing it.
I have been wanting to write about a Pokemon-themed zombie apocalypse for quite a while now, but I can't seem to grab any ideas to begin it. My current "project" is something relatively fresh (well, for me at least) and somehow, it makes me want to write it more. I have that general tendency.

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The final piece of advice I can give you is post it here. I can't really give you much help if I can't base my advice off of your writing. For all I know, none of this is helping you, but if I read your writing, then I can tell you what's working and what's not. So post it here!
I would but, as I've mentioned earlier, I'm stuck with the first few sentences (like always). I would not be bothered much if this case of writer's block was relatively recent, I just take a break for that to go away. What bothers me is that this has been going on for me for almost two years now. :(

Anyway, thanks for the advice! I'll try to spawn something up later. :]
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Hey everyone, I just came back from my hiatus and I have a new story of Unova/Isshu Elite Four.

The previous work I told before is still going but I won't be showing it here for showing young members here.

About the latest work is about Alder looking for a the latest member of the Unova Elite Four, so he went to the Sinnoh Battle Frontier and found Caitlin. Though her parents weren't accept him to take Caitlin to the league by herself. Therefore, he came back with nothing, till he found her in the plane.

I all the wrote so far, if anyone are interested to the story, I may set up a thread soon. So stay tight.
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Since it's been a few weeks since the last post in here, and I want to talk about writing, I hope that this post falls within the rules of this thread.
I guess what I'm really looking for is advice. I'd like to say that I'm decent when it comes to writing, and for the past month and a half or so there has been an odd drive within me to sit down and write a story. However, that is where my problem begins - I feel as if I am devoid of all creativity when it comes to the storytelling aspect of writing. It has been years since I've done any creative writing, and all of the writing that I've done recently is for school, which is basically just analysis of poems, novels, and plays. However, I still feel this drive to tell a creative story. I feel like I do not have a problem with the actual crafting of words into sentences and sentences into paragraphs, but with finding something that I care enough about to devote my time to. I, for the life of me, cannot come up with something riveting enough for me to tell a story about. I first had these conflicting emotions around Thanksgiving, and I was able to get rid of them for a while, but they keep on coming back. I feel this drive to write so strongly, but I feel as if I lack the creativity to craft a meaningful story.
So, to get to the point, I would like to ask some writers here on PC what I should do to cure this chronic writers block, if that's what it could be called. I've been waiting for some divine inspiration, but that has not yet happened, so hopefully just by putting this out there and talking to someone about this I can find something to inspire me so I can begin writing.
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Since it's been a few weeks since the last post in here, and I want to talk about writing, I hope that this post falls within the rules of this thread.
Sounds good to me.

Okay, what do I know about ideas? Ideas for me come few and far between. After a year and a half with taking this writing stuff more seriously I've come up with three ideas I would be willing to write about. My only advice is to keep an open mind about everything. Ideas will come, but only if you let them. Don't force it, it only creates bland ideas that don't really have the heart behind them. If you're really looking for ideas to write about, try watching movies or TV. Sometimes an idea will jump out at you. Two of my three ideas I got from watching TV. One was a preview for a movie and the other was an advertisement for a show. The only thing about that is to make sure your story isn't an exact copy of whatever you got the idea from.

To sum up all those thoughts into a few sentences, just keep your mind open to these ideas. Eventually one will stand out and practically scream at you to write about. The next step? Write the idea down immediately. I've lost countless ideas because I simply forgot them. A writing idea is like a fart. If you force it, it's most likely crap. You know what? That's writing in general. I think I just made the truest statement about writing in the history of history.

Anyway, If you want, I have a few writing ideas I'm probably not going to use you could take a look at and see if one stands out to you.
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Another way to get ideas is to do the most boring thing ever and let your mind wander. At my job, I do the most tedious boring thoughtless task ever, and my mind is allowed to wander. I think about anything that comes into my mind, including my writing. From these six hours of aimless thinking, I can get a few good ideas, and I write them down as I get them so I can develop them better if need be.

I agree with Slayr that forcing writing just doesn't work. I've tried it a few times, and just hated what I produced.

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Anyway, If you want, I have a few writing ideas I'm probably not going to use you could take a look at and see if one stands out to you.
We actually used to have a thread like that a few years ago. People would leave story ideas that they didn't want to write in the hopes that others would pick them up.
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I would actually very much enjoy seeing a thread like that around again. Especially since I'll be taking a creative writing course this semester so maybe I can look at that thread as a back up if need be. And just in general it would be really good for others as well that aren't very good at coming up with good idea on their own but want to write something creative.
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Old January 3rd, 2014 (11:33 PM). Edited January 4th, 2014 by Nolafus.
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I'm thinking about changing the requests thread into an idea exchanging thread. It would help validate its existence, that's for sure. Thoughts?

Edit: And I was too impatient, so I did it anyway.
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Thank you for the input. I believe that part of my problem is that I've been trying to repress this urge to write, which probably completely closes me off from keeping an open mind about any possible ideas. What I'll try to do is stop coming up with excuses to keep me from writing and just be open to wandering thoughts that could turn into meaningful plots.
Also, I'll go check out the idea thread. I may not use a specific idea but maybe something will spark my dormant creativity.
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Old January 4th, 2014 (11:46 AM).
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I'll be sure to do so! ^^
However, once I get an idea it may be a while before I get enough of a start to post anything! Time may be a bit of an issue for me, but I'll be trying my hardest to not let that hold be back!
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