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I reached a point in THE NOVEL where I had to just take a break and cool off. And following the path of the street I live on, I came to a place that I realize is more depressing now than it ever was...ever will be.


Happy Writing!


Happy Holidays to everyone!
I know that this is a hard time of year to write, believe me my novel has been on a bit of a hiatus with everything that is happening, but that doesn't mean that the project should be dropped. It's disconcerting to see pages of it lying around, practically begging to be finished but sometimes life just gets in the way.
Tomorrow is Christmas, after the end of which, all of the eggnog and fruitcake will be gone from our systems and the plot bunnies will be free to start creating again. But getting back on track can be uber stressful.
I propose a challenge to everyone here. Write at least 200-500 words on a topic of your choice. You can just look out of your window and pick something. Just write. It can be in any format you like, it can even just be a journal entry. Make sure, though, that it is not related to your novel in any way, shape, or form. This is just to let off steam and get back into the groove. Or perhaps you just need a break. Get your mind off of everything else and write. A writer's meditation, no?
Just post it to your journal and link it back to this community. Let's say by January 5th?

Happy holidays, best of luck, and have fun writing!
Who knew that this month would be even more busy than the last?
Well, the truth is that in the back of my mind, I did, but was hopeful that I could just look over Christmas, exams, birthdays, and everything else to write. I may be moving my personal deadline back...;)

What tricks does everyone have for being able to stay focused during the holiday season?

Name cont.

Thank you to every one who voted.
As of today, December 6, the total stands at 7 for and 10 against. The name nanolosers will not be changed.
And a huge round of applause for the support from you guys and gals. It was really, very touching.

Picking Myself Up

Now we are a few days into December. It's time for Christmas shopping, putting up decorations, and EDITING.

I finally cracked open my failed novel last night and began to edit it into something I'd be proud of putting my name on. I figure maybe if I mold the rest of it into something I like, I'll want to finish it.

Anybody else editing?
I've received a few messages concerning the name of nanolosers. I had no idea that people would take offense and apologize to those whom I have offended. The use of "losers" was not meant to be degrading, I actually thought it was kind of funny.
User venexea proposed that we change the name to NaNoWroMoCon, the Con for continued.

read some comments posted about it and make an informed decision.

voting will be considered for the next three days.

Poll #1098527 Name Change?

Should NaNoLosers recieve a new name?

yes, NaNoWriMoCon
yes, but not NaNoWriMoCon
no, I like it the way it is

Starting Over

Today is December first, and NaNoWriMo is officially over!
I almost want to start singing REM's "It's the End of the World as We Know It". But, there's always next year.
Questions: Let's all start with posting out final word counts not that December has arrived. And who of us is participating next year?

Mine ended up at 36,733. (The last 10k of which I wrote on Nov. 30...of course...)

Good Luck and Keep Writing!

Y halo thar

Fellow Brave Souls,

Last year, I was too afraid of failure that even after I'd signed up for NaNoWriMo I didn't try. The only creative work I did during that November was coming up with awesome excuses as to why I wouldn't do it after all.

Yeah, I fail at life.

Then this year I found myself ready to tackle the task. My problem? I'm way too good at procrastinating.

But you know what? My novel's 12K+ words richer at the moment, and I've also come to know characters I only had brief biographical sketches about. I became acquainted with a story I didn't really know about except in passing.

This month kicked my ass. Papers to write, tests to take... My migraines increased, my sleep decreased, and my roommate thinks I'm deranged.

And I loved every minute of it.

So here's to us. We'll be slightly embarrassed when we have to admit we didn't win NaNoWriMo, but we tried. And not only did we try, we finished. Instead of giving up, we stuck it out even when it became obvious that winning wasn't an option.

Now let's make the next months NaNoFiMos, peeps.

Much love,



Hi, I'm Wolfy, and I failed.

I'm rather famous among my friends for starting out stories, developing nice characters, but then just DROPPING it about a fourth of the way in. My family has refused to read anything I've written unless it's finished. I have never felt the glory that is writing the words 'The End' and sometimes I feel like I may never.

I wanted to prove to myself this month that I could finish something, even if it was tooth-yankingly horrible. Life came up, things happened, words didn't get written. I shook down my friends for ideas and they cheered for me the whole way. I wouldn't trade them for the world!

I made it to 34,239/50,000. Maybe a weee bit over halfway there.
But I still feel like I failed out loud.

Anybody else feel this way?


I've realized that the pressure is off now that November is ending. This morning I wrote a whopping 3k before I had to leave. The pressure of knowing I had t finish by a certain date may have been the largest part of the struggle for me.
January 1st, you're my new deadline. Here I come!