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Madame-Aiko 12-29-2014 08:46 PM

I'm actually rewriting an novel I wrote a while back. Ahaha, I just felt like it lacked storyline I guess?

trystan830 12-29-2014 08:47 PM

well that's pretty cool, too!

Madame-Aiko 12-29-2014 08:53 PM

Sorry to get off topic, but do you RP since you're a writer too?

trystan830 12-29-2014 08:55 PM

nope, i don't RP. i also can't write on demand/command, either...

Madame-Aiko 12-29-2014 08:59 PM

Ah, I understand. I have some days when I feel like that. XD I wish I could find some RP partners on here though.

trystan830 12-29-2014 09:47 PM

yeah, i getcha.

Madame-Aiko 12-30-2014 11:56 AM

Well I am definitely going to join soon then. I love writing and while I've always wanted a book of mine published I've leaned more towards manga lately since my art life took over my writing life about four years ago when I first began using Photoshop to draw things digitally.

trystan830 12-30-2014 12:33 PM


i think you can sign up at anytime, but they totally redo the site in september or so to get ready for that year's NaNo.

my writing life, reading life, and everything else got taken over in 2012 when i started crocheting....

Madame-Aiko 12-30-2014 01:05 PM

Crocheting? XD Oh gosh! I tried once, but it takes the skilled to do it I guess.^^'

trystan830 12-30-2014 01:18 PM

yep, crocheting. that "ravelry" link in my profile will take you to my notebook on ravelry, that has all my projects in there. (and some of my daughters' as well.) =D

Madame-Aiko 12-30-2014 01:23 PM

*u* The shawls are so pretty!

trystan830 12-30-2014 01:31 PM

thank you! =)

Madame-Aiko 12-30-2014 02:01 PM

Do you sell them? I might be interested in buying one if you do.

trystan830 12-30-2014 02:03 PM

no, i don't sell them.

Madame-Aiko 12-30-2014 02:09 PM

Ah, very well. They're beautiful though, I'll give you that. :)

trystan830 12-30-2014 02:11 PM


oh, if you do sign up on the NaNo site, i'm trystan over there. =)

Madame-Aiko 12-30-2014 02:27 PM

Alright, I'll be sure to find you when I do. :)

trystan830 12-30-2014 02:31 PM


(and i've gotten others to join the nano and write as well, too. heee....)

Madame-Aiko 12-30-2014 02:33 PM

Haha, writing is a pretty fun thing. I've been writing since I was eight, so that could for eight years going on 9 since I turn 17 in May? Haha, it's crazy I guess.

trystan830 12-30-2014 02:37 PM

it is fun, but i don't always write. i wrote my first story when i was 12, so i've been writing pretty much for 32 years! (i'm 44). my older daughter is 17, and she's been writing for a while as well... maybe since she was 8 or 10 or so?

Madame-Aiko 12-30-2014 02:42 PM

Haha, that's great! It's always good to start writing early if you're into it. I actually read a lot of books when I was little, so maybe that is why I have good grammar and punctuation. I'm also a speed reader because of it.

trystan830 12-30-2014 02:43 PM

i love to read too... and i read to both daughters when they were babies. they still like to read, but i think the younger one likes to read more, while the older one writes more. =)

Madame-Aiko 12-30-2014 02:47 PM

I can see that. As you get older most tend to want to do things for themselves, try it out and the such. What is it like being an adult? I mean I have a year left of being considered a "teen", so... Just curious. What is it like in the beginning?

trystan830 12-30-2014 02:52 PM

i'm probably not the one to ask about what it's like being an adult. i mean, i have a job (well, two, one mon-thurs, the other fri-sun) and i have to pay bills, but really i'm a big kid at heart. =)

my younger daughter tried doing NaNo, and while she did meet her Young NaNo goal, i think she kinda got bored with the whole writing process.

Madame-Aiko 12-30-2014 02:56 PM

Ah I see. I mean sometimes writing can get boring, especially when you're writing those filler chapters, or so I call them. After my senior year I'll be going off to college to become a computer programmer (major) and an digital artist (minor). So I have lots of work ahead of me but I don't mind it.

trystan830 12-30-2014 03:03 PM

a LOT of my NaNo writings are a lot of filler fluff-n-stuff, words thrown in for descriptions, even if it's redundant. i think the only NaNovel i've written that didn't need a ton of fluffy stuff was my first one. i totally knew what i was writing and where it was going.

i'm what NaNo writers call a "pantser" - i write "by the seat of my pants." the opposite would be a planner. i might plan the next section i want to write, or the general 'where my character needs to go'... but detailed planning is totally not my style.

Madame-Aiko 12-30-2014 03:24 PM

I enjoy planning things out, but most of the days I'm just too tired or busy with schoolwork to do so. So when I do get that time, I try my best to write down groups or strings of things that will happen or about the character development etc.

trystan830 12-30-2014 03:44 PM

that works too. i tend to come up with "groups or strings of things that will happen" (as you say) as i'm writing. sometimes i know a few events i want to happen, and maybe they have to happen in a certain order, so i'll write that down. most of the time, though, i just write. =)

if you're interested: (the thing to keep in mind is that for the most part i haven't looked at these since i finished them. i think Lost Angel was proofread, but that's the only one....)

2012: Lost Angel

2013: Watching Time

2014: Yours in Time, Jacks

i don't have Love on Rye (2011) in my google docs anymore though.

Madame-Aiko 12-30-2014 03:50 PM

Alright, I'll read them a little. Just give me a few hours.

trystan830 12-30-2014 03:54 PM

aww... you don't have to read them right now... =)

Madame-Aiko 12-30-2014 03:57 PM

Alright. :) Once I get caught up on art then perhaps.

trystan830 12-30-2014 04:03 PM

okie dokey then. =)

ZenKitty 01-24-2015 01:41 AM

Madame-Aiko - if you want to do a less structured type of NaNo, there will be Camp NaNoWriMo coming up in April. You won't have all of the write ins and organized activities that Municipal Liaisons coordinate (the local leaders of NaNo), but you can pick how many words you'll write and can sign up to join a "camp."

I've never done the camps, but I hear they can be fun.

Another thing you win are 1/2 price on writing software. I've purchased 2 copies of Scrivner - one for my PC and one for my Mac. Love that software, although I haven't yet utilized it to its full potential.

Everyone who writes the 50K words wins a winners certificate to download and winner icons. I think the biggest perk though is the self confidence that comes from taking on and achieving such a great goal.

trystan830 01-24-2015 05:59 PM


Originally Posted by ZenKitty (Post 1651010)
I think the biggest perk though is the self confidence that comes from taking on and achieving such a great goal.

i agree!

(of course, the only time i really write is november, so... yeah.) ;)

ZenKitty 04-14-2016 10:45 PM

Wow. Talk about an old thread.

Is anyone doing CampNaNoWriMo? I've been working on revising an old novel, working on planning my November NaNo and writing a few short stories.

trystan830 04-14-2016 10:52 PM

wow, very old thread!

i usually just do November NaNo.

Den 04-15-2016 01:06 AM

The last few years, I've been focusing more on art, tbh. I should try writing this year, to see what happens.

ZenKitty 04-15-2016 07:37 AM

I've known a couple of people who worked on graphic novels for NaNo. That's always seemed like a great way to combine writing with art and great fun for all those good artists out there.

nyxwriter 10-13-2016 02:21 AM

Reasons you should/should not participate in the National Novel Writing Month?

I've found this useful

trystan830 10-13-2016 09:56 AM

this year will be my 5th NaNo (i wrote in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014)

it is a fast-paced writing marathon, and the theory is it gets you/a writer in the habit of writing something every day... all the time.

i write starting Nov 1, and stop when i finish the story, and then don't write again until Nov 1. i have my own challenge - try to 'win' (ie, reach 50,000 words) by Thanksgiving. i'm a tried and true 'pantser' - i write by the seat of my pants.

although this year, i have pages of notes because it's a timey-wimey 'prequel' to the story i wrote in 2014.

i'm trystan830 on if anyone's interested or wants to add me as a writing buddy this year. =)

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