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Oct. 24th, 2008 | 08:47 pm

I'm thinking of doing NaNoWriMo longhand this year. Even considering that I say, every year, when I fail horribly, that I am never doing it again ever.

1. While I can type way faster than I can write, I produce more when writing longhand. There's something about the physical act of writing that I find relaxing, and there's no eye strain.

2. The temptation to edit is a lot less, due to the fact that the ability to edit is a lot less. Editing is the bane of nanowrimoing.

3. I can copy type quite effectively, I used to do it for a living, so getting the stuff up on the net isn't a problem.

4. It's easier to scribble in a book in a café or pub than it is to take a laptop out. It's easier to write a bit more when you wake up, or before you go to sleep.

5. I have at least six empty notebooks on my shelf, just waiting to have a use found for them.

I can keep notes on characters and plot items and so on on index cards - I have hundreds of the buggers, unused. I also have an idea for a structure which will be a lot simpler to produce than a Proper Novel. I'm going to do it along the lines of one of the Oz books, in other words, a random fairy tale with a dozen or two individual chapters that aren't really connected with whatever is supposed to be the overall point, and which may well contradict each other, until the last chapter where everything gets tied together using as many ridiculous plot contortions as are necessary.

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lilyvalley

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from: lilyvalley
date: Oct. 25th, 2008 12:55 am (UTC)
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Won't you be tempted to do a lot of editing/revising as you're typing?

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fridgemagnet

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from: fridgemagnet
date: Oct. 25th, 2008 08:00 am (UTC)
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Possibly, yes, but editing is only bad when it gets in the way of getting the words down. Once they're there, messing with them is fine.

I may not do this of course.

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lilyvalley

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date: Oct. 25th, 2008 02:27 pm (UTC)
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Or you could get someone else to type it for you. Then you wouldn't be tempted to spend a lot of time revising. Or...how bad's your handwriting? Would an OCR program be able to capture it decently?

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fridgemagnet

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from: fridgemagnet
date: Oct. 25th, 2008 04:51 pm (UTC)
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Honestly, I doubt that I would spend much time editing when I was typing it up, because it's such a chore anyway that I'd just want to get it typed up and finished with.

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Writing

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date: Oct. 25th, 2008 08:08 am (UTC)
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Is this the same person who was panicking at the size of his "to do" list!
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Diary of an Ass Monkey

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from: assmonkeydiary
date: Oct. 27th, 2008 04:40 pm (UTC)
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But if you're not typing it up until the month is over, how will you know when you're reached the word limit? I guess you could just come up with word count estimates based on a few sample pages.

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fridgemagnet

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from: fridgemagnet
date: Oct. 27th, 2008 04:43 pm (UTC)
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No, I'd do it every day or two, I wouldn't be able to face typing up a novel longhand at the end.

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