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Below are the 20 most recent journal entries recorded in East High National Novel Writer's Month 2005's LiveJournal:

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Sunday, October 1st, 2006
1:49 pm
Hey everyone!  How are you guys doing?  I hope well.  

You've probably been thinking about NaNoWrimo lately.  You miss it in your life.  You don't know how to fill your time.  Well, lucky for you today is October 1st, 2006 so you can sign up for NaNoWriMo 2006 at nanowrimo.org!  Start your character interviews, plot planning, random tidbits, et cetera, just don't actually start.  :-)  

And, don't forget to tell your friends!!!  Also, be sure to pick up a copy of Chris Baty's No Plot? No Problem!  I saw it at Barnes and Noble just yesterday.  It was quite helpful last year.  


Drew Tedlock, EHS Organizer

Current Mood: reading
Wednesday, December 7th, 2005
5:34 pm
Plea for tips/tricks/ideas/suggestions/do's/don't's/anything/everything/etc./and so on/and such...
Please comment on this entry with ALL of the tips you discovered during your 2005 NaNoWriMo journey. Anything and everything is welcome, even if you think it will only work for year. Next year, we'll be able to look back and this and try to utilize the collective's gained knowledge.



Current Mood: sick!
Wednesday, November 30th, 2005
8:57 pm
With three hours and seven minutes to spare, I finished with 50,015 words. Yes, that's pretty low but my story ended at about 30,000 words so 20k words of bull-shit should impress you.

Congratulations to those of you who won! Please, comment here and brag (because you've certainly earned the right to) or make your own post! And post segments of your novel. Hell, put the whole thing on here if you want. I doubt anyone will read but if you want to, go for it. Don't forget your writing log, etc. etc.

Are you ready for next year? I am.

8:23 pm
I just now finished my novel! I'm a bit over 50,000. How do we turn it in? And how do we get CAS hours for it now?
Monday, November 28th, 2005
7:31 pm
Are you going to finish?
Who is seriously going to finish? I need to know for various reasons. Please give me a list of people you know will finish, if they won't read this post and don't have lj or whatever. Go ahead and tell me if you've given up too.

Write an author biography to pad your wordcount. I sure did. And I wrote a pretty long dedication. And I wrote 'coming next' column and even a note from the author.

I'm at 45,135 but I think I'll write another 1,000 words before I quite tonight! :)

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2005
3:13 pm
In the last 24 hours I've written 8,200 words. Eat that. So, I'm up to 35,044 words.

I'm actually catching up and I'm incredibly excited. By the end of today I'll actually be ahead of schedule, but I have to be done by this Friday for various reasons. It's going to be such a great feeling when I finish.

Realistically, how many of you are going to finish?

WORD COUNT BOOSTER: Write a lengthy dedication at the beginning to all your friends, family, inspirational teachers, authors you admire, and the like. A nice 1,000 word boost. :)

Don't forget your writing logs! Good luck and happy Thanksgiving!


Current Mood: accomplished
Wednesday, November 16th, 2005
9:33 pm
Who's having problems with their story moving WAY too fast?

I'm at 19,740 words (yes, I'm behind, shut up) and I feel like my story is mostly over. With editing, I could easily double it but that would take an incredibly amount of time that I frankly don't have. Plus, I have to be done by Friday the 25, for various reasons. I don't know what to do! Suggestions? I think I can write my ending in 10k words but that still leaves 20k up for grabs. I'm determined to do this!

Monday, November 14th, 2005
3:49 pm

After school session on Tuesday in room W205 thanks to Jessica. More dates TBA.

Keep updating your writing logs as these are essential to getting your CAS hours (among other things like, you know, completing your manuscript).

Friday, November 11th, 2005
3:52 pm
I finally have 10,000 words.
I'm only 5 days behind now!

12:27 am
I really only wrote once sentence on my novel today.

Words done today: 2183.

Monday, November 7th, 2005
5:02 pm
process challenge
Challenge #whatever:
Write at least 500 words by hand (meaning pen or pencil on paper, no computers or typewriters). Yes you do have to transcribe it later.

Purpose: see if your writing style changes. Do you write faster or slower by hand?
4:19 pm
Need words?

Add a character with Tourette's Syndrome!
Saturday, November 5th, 2005
10:48 pm
I'm 4,000 words behind schedule. How bout you?

Current Mood: not worried in the least bit
Thursday, November 3rd, 2005
9:45 pm
Starting to feel the burn?

Well, I am.

Just remember, the end result and personal exhultation will be worth all this!

Challenge: include a character who plays the sitar while doing yoga, chronically.
8:19 pm
For anyone interested, here is the first 5050 words of my as of yet untitled western. So far four chapters. Chapters start when a time is listed. If you don't want to read all of it, just read the first chapter or something.

Here it isCollapse )
Go ahead and comment, as long as it isn't grammer/sentance redundency releated.
2:37 pm
content challenge
Challenge #2:
Include a scene in which somebody drowns in something that is not a pool or natural body of water. Have this event deeply affect another character in the form of a psychological disorder (phobia comes to mind, but for I care, it can somehow lead to a diagnosis of ADHD).
1:05 am
Chapters 11-20 of Lawrence University
Read the previous post in the community for the first ten chapters.

1:03 am
Alright, I've got the first 20 chapters of my novel completed. Bonnie said she thought I should post them, and so I shall. Word count is at 3656, so I'm a couple hundred words ahead of schedule.  (It appears that the first twenty chapters are too large to post, so I'll cut this in two.)

Current Mood: kinda tired
Wednesday, November 2nd, 2005
8:47 pm
So, how about this?
I'm going to take some advice from the book and show off my horrible writing so I can stop worring about it and get on with the rest of the story.
The beginningsCollapse )

Current Mood: accomplished
8:32 pm
Alright, so I'm writing a western novel and my main character is a vigilante gunslinger. I intended for him to be a rather serious character, but the dialogue I have been writing for him and every other character makes them sound like immature wackos. Here is an example:
DialogueCollapse )
I think it is pretty funny though. I laughed while writing it. Do you think it is funny, or just stupid?
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