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Neil Gaiman on story ideas [Oct. 12th, 2007|10:46 pm]
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http://www.neilgaiman.com/exclusive/essays/essaysbyneil/ideasessay/

As we head into November, many of us NaNoWriMo writers are trying to come up with some sort of plot, or even just the tiniest little seed of an idea which we can water carefully, nurture and feed as it grows into a blossom, and then try to wring fifty thousand words out of it as if it were a recalcitrant sponge.

Gaiman's essay isn't so much on the creative process itself as what he and other people think about it, but it's an interesting read, and does contain a few starting points if you need them.

So, I've heard from some of you, but... what's your plot/idea this year? My goal is to get the first story arc of Pyrlogos completely plotted and scripted, and have outlines of varying detail for the next two or three arcs.
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[User Picture]From: imnotsatan
2007-10-13 05:50 am (UTC)
Oddly enough, I had a low fantasy YA novel spring fully formed into my dreams one night. So I'm writing that (except, y'know, the good guys won't look like Hummel figurines, and the bad guy won't be Oatu the Watcher, but other than that).
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[User Picture]From: annaonthemoon
2007-10-13 06:02 am (UTC)
I want to do NaNoWriMo this year. Last year, I bailed, and the year before I think I wrote ~500 words. But I'm at a complete stand still for an idea. Do I really want to dig up the old story I was writing years ago? No, not really. But my ideas are zapped. I suppose I could do a massive fanfic, but then that sort of makes it NOT my story, know what I mean?

eh, I've still got a few weeks, right?
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[User Picture]From: darthparadox
2007-10-13 06:19 am (UTC)
Well, last year Sora wrote 50,000 words of a Harry Potter/Sailor Moon crossover fanfic.

Whatever works for you!
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[User Picture]From: annaonthemoon
2007-10-13 06:20 am (UTC)
Really? That does sound pretty interesting!
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From: utricularian
2007-10-13 07:09 am (UTC)
I had to google NaNoWriMo and I'm in awe. I don't think I have the time to do it, since my active goals are more about fitness, but I am so tempted to join.

I constantly have ideas, but never do anything with them. I obsess for a month or two about a fictional world, then discard it when it doesn't spit out. Granted, most of the time I realized "wow this is shitty" and its most definitely always some form of science fiction which seems tough to begin with.

Anyway, are you going to take the plunge and try it?
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From: utricularian
2007-10-13 07:10 am (UTC)
I guess i could finally write about the Emperor Sargosa. That was by far the most in depth day dream I ever followed. I even made that shitty 494 video game about it!

Hmm... tempting
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[User Picture]From: darthparadox
2007-10-13 07:15 am (UTC)
Well, in 2005 I finished 50,000 words, but with a plot that wasn't really going anywhere. I liked the characters, though.

Like in 2006, I'm going to set an accomplishment goal instead of a word goal this year, since I'm not really working on a novel - I want to plot out a certain portion of my upcoming webcomic, Pyrlogos.
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From: utricularian
2007-10-13 07:19 am (UTC)
that makes sense. use the timeline as a definitive deadline, but for a different project.

think i could get a playable version of a webapp that i haven't started yet out in a month, while learning php at the same time? (i don't' know if i'm serious)
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[User Picture]From: kinkyprude
2007-10-13 04:22 pm (UTC)
I'm going for year four...this time I'm doing traditional fantasy/folktale, complete with three brothers, shepherds, evil wizards and princesses under a spell.
I've got a fair amount figured out...in my head. I juse need to put it on paper.
I'm also shepherding a group of kids at the library through NaNo this year, which I'm really excited about. I have no idea what will happen with them, but at least it's the chance to write creatively.
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[User Picture]From: darthparadox
2007-10-13 05:40 pm (UTC)
When one of the guys at our writing group first started his daughter on NaNoWriMo, I believe it was as part of her home-schooling curriculum, with a goal of 10,000 words and a certain daily goal to meet as well. I don't know what else they did as part of it... what do you have planned for your shepherding?
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[User Picture]From: kinkyprude
2007-10-14 02:59 am (UTC)
Weekly write ins, prompts when needed, excercises, etc. This thursday we're doing character sheets and world building. I found an awesome "novel notebook" which (for interested parties) I'm going to print out and hand out for them. I'm going to fill one out for my own novel, but also as an example.
We also have a progress chart, are registered at YWP...yeah. Lots of things.
It's weird, I'm in a position of authority.
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[User Picture]From: echo_eriol
2007-11-03 12:35 am (UTC)

somewhere I have your e-mail...but this is more convenient...

http://www.startrek.com/startrek/view/ne ws/article/2308573.html?page=1

interested?
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[User Picture]From: echo_eriol
2007-11-03 12:36 am (UTC)

or, because that link seems to be no more...

Star Trek: TOS, "The Menagerie" on the Big Screen
Tuesday 11/13/07 and Thursday 11/15/07 – 7:30pm: Star Trek: TOS, “The Menagerie” Part 1 and 2” on the big screen:
Though not a NWSFS event this is just to cool not to share:

Star Trek: The Original Series
11/13/2007 and 11/15/2007
Boldly go where no man has gone before to see two of the most famous “Star Trek: The Original Series” episodes – your local movie theatre! By popular demand a second night has been added!! “Star Trek: The Original Series” will be beamed onto the big screen for two nights only in select movie theatres nationwide on Tuesday, Nov. 13th at 7:30PM (local) and on Thursday, November 15th at 7:30PM & 10:30PM (local). This event features the original Season 1 episodes “The Menagerie” Part 1 and 2, digitally re-mastered in High-Definition and Cinema Surround Sound. Also included is greeting from creator Gene Roddenberry’s son, Eugene “Rod” Roddenberry and an exclusive 30-minute behind-the-scenes look at how the episodes were digitally re-mastered.

“The Menagerie” features footage from the original “Star Trek” pilot episode titled “The Cage.” Leonard Nimoy as Spock is the only character that made it from the pilot to the “Star Trek” series – as well as Jeffrey Hunter in the role of the original commander of the starship Enterprise, Captain Christopher Pike.

Please note: The event content will be shown in its original (TV) format, 4x3.

More at (includes link to which theaters are showing this):

http://www.startrek.com/startrek/view/ne ws/article/2308573.html?page=1

NOTE: These theaters in Washington State are participating:

Pacific Place 11 Seattle WA 98101
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[User Picture]From: darthparadox
2007-11-03 12:57 am (UTC)

Re: or, because that link seems to be no more...

Fascinating. That actually sounds like a lot of fun!

I'm trying to figure out our schedule at the moment; Sora and I have a NaNoWriMo event on Thursday that we might or might not go to, and I usually do poker on Tuesdays (though I can readily skip it if needed). I'll get back to you soon!
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