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Yep, I'm gonna do it again this year!

I was a winner in 2004, but skipped last year . . . but this year I’m BACK! I’ve decided that I want to pursue more writing in my life (maybe with an eye to getting published), and this seems like a great way to get myself back in the writing groove in a serious way.

I think the book I’m going to write is something I’ve had in my head for a few years – a fictionalized account of an ancestress of mine who took her family west through the North American wilderness in the early 1800s. Loads of research in order for me to write it, though – so I guess it’s a good thing I’m creating this goal now. Maybe I will actually DO the research before November, giving me plenty of time to WRITE when the time comes. :)


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Jul. 20th, 2006 04:43 am (UTC)
This is something I'm terribly tempted to try and do. Good luck to you on it!
Jul. 20th, 2006 05:17 am (UTC)
wow, I am always awed by people who try to do it... who knows, one of these years... ;-)
Jul. 20th, 2006 05:20 am (UTC)
The year that I did it, I found it was a LOT easier than I thought it would be. This might just be because of the way I write - I'm good at getting a lot of words out and onto paper (or onto the screen, as the case may be). I'd finished the minimum word count by the 8th day of the month. :D And then I kept writing until my first draft was done.

Of course, now I've got a mangy second draft around here somewhere which actually needs a COMPLETE re-write before I could hope to do anything with it. But oh well. At least I completed the challenge, right? ;)
Jul. 20th, 2006 05:18 am (UTC)
I'm just here to say a few things:

1) Do it. Again. Please. The storyline sounds wonderful.

2) I would LOVE to read your book from 2004, if that's OK. Where can I find it?

3) I just might tap into some of that courage of yours to get my book going.

4) I love that icon to death.

Best of luck, Wendy. See you in the final chapter.

Jul. 20th, 2006 06:06 am (UTC)
Be careful what you ask for . . . ;)
1) I am pleased about the storyline idea - the only thing that troubles me is that I'll have to make it almost entirely up - what I know about this real woman (her name was Polly Dockery) is almost nothing - still, I'm sure good novels have been based on even less. And maybe there's historical stuff about the family that I haven't yet discovered. We'll see. :)

2) Heh. My book from 2004 needs oh so much work. I wrote it out quickly (which was fine - that's the point of the challenge, right?), and then I spent more than 40 hours editing it, doing a re-write which included a gigantically huge change to the plot and one of the characters. But a while back, I decided that I want to change it back to the way it was originally, so, um, most of that re-writing will have been for naught. I'm sure I'll be able to salvage something of it, but still.

Having said all that . . . if you're really curious, I do have a few things online that you could read. I'm warning you - this stuff is pretty rough! :D I started a journal just for my writing, and I've gone ahead and friended you with it, so now you can read what's there. I'm putting links to the stuff I think is fit for consumption. Unless you are SEVERELY masochistic, I'd recommend not just wandering around the rest of the journal. You might stumble on something so badly written it will suck out your brain. ;)







And this is some extra material that is used as chapter introductions - something I actually thought I might someday expand and publish entirely on it's own. The Grrl's Guide to the Tarot:


Now, this last link, you might not want to click. It's a section from very near the end of the book, and contains huge, gigantic, plot-busting SPOILERS. Then again, the chances of anyone ever seeing this thing in its entirety are slim to none, so maybe it's not that big a deal. :D


3) YES YES YES! You should definitely do some writing! DO NANO WITH ME!!!!!!!!!!!! (Hee - yes, I do get excited about things, don't I)? :D

4) Thank you! :)
Jul. 20th, 2006 06:08 am (UTC)
Oh - and something I forgot to mention in the entry above. Believe it or not . . . this novel I wrote in 2004? Based on stuff that actually happened to me. Okay, so it was very LOOSELY based on stuff that happened to me. But still - of the stuff I've linked to, I think the most "authentic" one is the scene with the cat and the closet. That really did happen, very much the way I've described it.

(Unfortunately, ALL the romantic stuff was completely made-up though. Isn't that the way it always goes)? :D :D :D
Jul. 20th, 2006 05:48 am (UTC)
By the way, while I'm pretty sure you already have this, if you don't have Chris Baty's 'No Plot? No Problem!' I can send it to you.

And, actually, I also have John Warner's 'Fondling Your Muse.' That's more inspirational (and even laugh outloud funny) and insightful than Baty's book.

Yours if you need them.

Jul. 20th, 2006 06:10 am (UTC)
No! I haven't read either of those books! I would love to borrow them . . . I will e-mail you my address. :)
Jul. 20th, 2006 06:26 am (UTC)
Oh Wendy! 'Im so excited I can't sit still!!!

Please let me encourage you in any way I can. You are so talented and have so much to say..

Oh and your story idea is something I LOVE! My friends here did that...wrote a fiction book based on her ancestors diary of the Oregon Trail (A Sudden Country by karen Fisher). She did very well with her book.

Jul. 21st, 2006 04:17 am (UTC)
:D :D :D

That is SO COOL that your friend wrote a book like this! I'm not sure if I should try and find a copy or not - I'm so interested, but on the other hand, I'd hate to read something that I would end up (subconsciously or not) trying to copy . . . but I'll read it eventually, that's for sure!

And thank you SO much for your encouragement. Wow - this makes me feel like maybe I really can DO THIS! :) :) :)

*loves you*
Jul. 20th, 2006 09:29 am (UTC)
I haven't decided whether I'll do it or not yet, but good luck! *hugs*
Jul. 20th, 2006 03:35 pm (UTC)
I'm so impressed. I could never write fiction, especially about my ancestors; it would read like a history lesson.

I want to read the result!
Jul. 20th, 2006 04:10 pm (UTC)
I don't have much choice ;) Novel #5 will be in progress this November. I'm seriously considering finishing off 2005 before 2006's begins, though. This is a definite first for me. I feel like it's almost worth sharing, and since it's loosely "fan-fic", I can post it online w.out worrying about losing first copyright and such.
Ahh...starting to feel the first stirrings of wanting to write again :)

Y'know, it's funny...after 4 years of doing this, I've developed a kind of pavlovian conditioning. That first hint of chill in the air - the first glimpse of fall - and I start getting twitchy and excited. I don't know what my life would be like w.out NaNo!
Jul. 21st, 2006 03:55 am (UTC)
Hee - I'm definitely getting stirrings to write. Even if I don't get my research done in time to do the historical thing this year (the more I think about it, the more daunted I am about just how much research I'll need to do - I've got very little idea about what life was like in that time period. Sounds like a good homeschool subject for me and Connor, though). But if I don't finish the research, I'll write a sequal to the NaNo I wrote in 2004. That one I can just write off the top of my head with minimal planning and plot formation. At least that's my plan right now! W00t!

YAY for NaNo!
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