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It’s November, Shoobies, and you know what that means: NaNoWriMo kicks off, winter challenges are going to start coming due, and here on the comm we’re ready for our second annual Miserable Fucks November Social!

So what’s all the fuss about, you might ask? Just this:

  • Daily check-ins: For the month of November we want your counts every day. But not just that, we want you! The mods and I have some interesting topics lined up for each and every day and we’d love for you to chime in even if you have no words at all.

  • Write at least 10 minutes every day: Whether you’re working on your NaNo or one of a thousand other projects, this is the month to move things along. Setting aside a daily block of writing time, even just ten minutes, is super helpful. Doesn’t matter what you’re writing – blog posts, personal journal entries, a list of all the reasons you hate writing – it’s all good!

  • Share your words: Fridays will still be Workshop days. Share your snippets, get some concrit, see what your fellow Shoobies are working on.

  • Let’s get motivated! Our main goal this month is to support each other in our writing endeavors. Cheer your fellow Shoobies on with words of encouragement, or offer a shoulder to cry on when the muse is being recalcitrant. The best thing about this community is how supportive we are of one another!

Since it’s the first day let’s do a Meet-and-Greet. Tell us a little about you – what your November goals are, what your writing headspace is at the moment (All the words? Snarling at anyone who gets too close to you? Gentle weeping?), and what fandoms you’re currently into, if any, or where your orig fic love lies.

Time to knuckle down and get serious, Shoobs! (Me especially!) Let the NoSo begin! ::clinks cocktail glass::

ETA: I've unlocked this post so that people who are considering joining the comm can get a taste for the fun and cheerleading we have here. This will be the only unlocked post.

Note from Management: I will unfortunately be at work for a chunk of the day today, in case anyone has questions or concerns. As soon as I get home, around 3:30 EST, I’ll hop on and see how everyone’s doing.

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Date: 2015-11-01 02:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sgamadison.livejournal.com
Well, I don't do NaNo because the one and only time I tried, I got my first/worst case of writer's block ever. I think it is because the tenants of NaNo are very different from how I normally write. However, I've been poking around for the better part of a YEAR working on this bloody novel, and I want to finish it by the end of the year, so this is as good a time as any to commit to writing a certain amount every day.

The current WIP is an original story set in the 1950s. My characters have been assigned to work undercover as a married couple to investigate strange happenings in a suburb. It's Ward and June Cleaver meets the X-Files. It's a departure for me, and as such, I've been struggling with it. I'm 45 K into it and have a LOT more story to tell, and it's apparent to me I'm going to have to take a chainsaw to it at some point and do some heavy pruning. But first I have to write the damn thing.

I am resolutely (and reluctantly) avoiding fandom at the moment. No fandom for me until I finish this stinking draft.

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Date: 2015-11-01 10:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sgamadison.livejournal.com
Aw, thanks for the encouraging words about the WIP. :-) I needed that. The problem is mostly that I've got too much backstory and have taken too long to get to the action. That's not the kind of problem I typically make, so it's shaken my confidence a bit. I also realized (or rather, finally admitted) that a subplot I'm rather fond of does nothing to further the story and needs to go. Those two things together mean I have to gut the first bit and do a line by line read to remove any traces of the subplot.

I think I've got too much backstory because I love research--and it feels a little like I'm putting in stuff just to prove that I know what I'm talking about. :-) Heck, I could have probably gotten everything I needed just from re-watching Roman Holiday again.

At any rate, I have a *plan* and that's more than I had yesterday! :-)

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Date: 2015-11-02 12:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sgamadison.livejournal.com
*grins* I never used to be all expository--so I don't understand why I've become this way. It's very frustrating. It feels like I've forgotten how to write! I have to remind myself that when I try something that's new to me, I have to learn all over again how to master it. ;-)

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Date: 2015-11-02 07:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sgamadison.livejournal.com
I am like Sherlock in that scene from Young Sherlock Holmes, when after starting the violin three days earlier, nearly smashes it, saying, "I should be better at this by now!" ;-)

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Date: 2015-11-02 09:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sgamadison.livejournal.com
Isn't it a great movie? :D


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