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GRAPEMO 2011!

I love NaNoWriMo. I’ve participated a few times and I hit the 50k mark x 3. My last two novels began as NaNo novels. What NaNo really does is teach to you get the damn story down without taking the time to revise every sentence. It’s not a good exercise for OCD writers. It’s an excellent exercise for writers who tend to put off writing anything at all because they’re afraid they’ll write crap. NaNo gives you permission to write crap. And we all write crap anyway, with or without NaNo.

So, yes, NaNo rocks if you have the time and energy to devote to writing 50,000 words in 4 weeks or less. I’ve done it, and succeeded, while holding down a full-time job. It can be done, though it’s a royal pain-in-the-tush and maybe people drop out. But the years I fell short of the 50K goal, I didn’t feel like a failure—I felt extremely proud of what I had accomplished.

                       What GRAPEMO is: 

1.      One full month of writing/revising/editing/outlining/world-building/illustrating/and/or anything else you need to accomplish.

2.      Runs from February 1st through February 28th.

3.      An exercise in discipline without the mandatory word count of NaNo

4.      FUN!

                   What GRAPEMO isn't:

1.      A race or a contest. *

2.      A month-long life destroyer.

3.      Goals set in stone.

4.      Ever, ever a waste of time!  

Personal Writing Goal: This can be anything you want it to be. A certain number of words to either a brand new story or something you’re already working on. Finishing up a current project. Revisions or edits. A short story, a synopsis, an outline, or even a legible query letter. It’s whatever you want it to be—and the best thing is, as time marches on and you realize there’s no way you’re going to reach your original goal (life, as we know it, often gets in our way), then feel free to change it. All I want is for you to be actively working on something, for 4 weeks, with a solid plan to achieve a realistic goal.

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 The first thing you need to do, if you want to join in, is to send me a PM here on LJ or else e-mail me at sassenach43 at aol dot com, and let me know. I’ll be posting participants names and adding to the list on a regular basis. 

Then, sometime between today and January 30st, please send me (same as above) you PWG. PLEASE be sure to write “PWG” in the subject heading so I don’t miss it. On January 31st I’ll post the complete list here of all participants and their PWGs. Once GRAPEMO starts, on Mondays I’ll be posting everyone’s weekly update (think progress reports) so we can all see how we’re progressing. If you need to revise your goal, let me know at that time.

PWG UPDATES

1. Email or PM (private message) these to me over the weekend. Again, put PWG or “update” or something else in the subject heading. Tell me how you’re doing!
2 Please try to get these in by Sunday night so I can post them in a timely manner.
3. Do NOT post your updates in the comment sections of posts.

TEASERS

* THIS is the fun part! In fact, even though this is not a contest by any stretch of the imagination, I usually bestow lovely prizes (names drawn at random) on unsuspecting participants. This year, each time you send me a “teaser” of your current project, you’ll automatically be entered into the drawing. One teaser, one chance…five teasers, five chances…you get it. These will be posted on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

 

1.      Teasers need to be in by Monday night for posting on Tuesday morning, and by Wednesday night for posting on Thursday morning. Teasers received on Thursday o later will be saved for the next TEASER day.

2.      Once the teasers are posted I won't be adding to that entry.

3.      Up to 300 words, give or take.

4.      Remember to include a title and your name (or username, if e-mailed).

5.      Please put “TEASER” in the subject line so I don’t miss it.

6.      If I get a LOT of teasers, I’ll begin posting on Thursdays as well.

The TEASERS are absolutely the best part of this, so don't be shy! These are not for critiquing, just for our own reading enjoyment!

Any questions?

ETA: You do NOT have to be a member of Live Journal to participate. These are open posts. If you wish to comment, just sign your entry so I know who you are. Everyone is welcome!

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Grapemo Reminders and a New Pic

PWG UPDATES

1. Email or PM (private message) these to me over the weekend.
2 Please try to get them in by Sunday night  so I can post them in a timely manner.
3. Don't sent updates in the comment sections of posts.

TEASERS

1. These need to be in by Monday night so I can get them up on Tuesday morning.
2. Once the teasers are posted I won't be adding to that entry. PLEASE, if at all possible, send in a teaser this time.  If I get a bunch at the last minute I'll throw in a Teaser Thursday. :)
3. Up to 300 words, give or take.
4. Please remember to include a title.

This is the end of the third week, one more week to go. If you think you're behind, you're not alone--obviously I'll be revising my own PWG this weekend.

“Many people hear voices when no-one is there. Some of them are called mad and are shut up on rooms where they stare at the walls all day. Others are called writers and they do pretty much the same thing." -- I can't find the source of this one. Anyone know? It sounds like it should be me, but it's not, lol.

"Sit down and put down everything that comes into your head and then you're a writer. But an author is one who can judge his own stuff's worth, without pity, and destroy most of it.” -- Sidonie Gabrielle

Whether or not you write well, write bravely.” -- Bill Stout

Go forth. WRITE BRAVELY, GRAPENUTS!

BTW, here is a picture update, taken this morning (the earlier one was from yesterday). The swelling is down (somewhat) but there ain't enough cover-up in the world to hide this baby!

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Yep, and I have to work tomorrow morning. Hmm...who can I blame this one on?

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UPDATE/TEASER Reminders for the Weekend


PWG UPDATES

1. Email or PM (private message) these to me over the weekend.
2 Please try to get them in by Sunday night  so I can post them in a timely manner.
3. Don't sent updates in the comment sections of posts.

TEASERS

1. These need to be in by Monday night so I can get them up on Tuesday morning.
2. Once the teasers are posted I won't be adding to that entry, so any late teasers will be saved for the following week. 
3. Up to 300 words, give or take.
4. If I get a HUGE number of teasers (like year year!) I'll post these twice a week, on Tuesdays AND Thursdays. Which actually might be a better idea since it worked out last year...what do YOU think, Grapenuts?
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Attention Grapenuts!

Tomorrow is Day #1 of Grapemo and I'd like to start off with one of last year's quotes from Jerry B. Jenkins:

"Writers write. Dreamers talk about it."

Grapemo Guidelines Review:

Accomplishment Updates Due each Sunday for Posting on Monday

*PM me (preferred if you are on LJ) or email sassenach43 at aol dot com
*Put "GRAPEMO UPDATE" in subject line
*Please do not send updates in comment sections of this blog
*If you missed sending in an update, you can send it by the following Sunday and I'll post both of them (or your total) the next day

TEASERS for Tuesday may be sent any time via PM or email.

*Please put "TEASER" in the subject.
*Include the title (made up or real--some people, like me, are sensitive about sharing their titles too soon).
*If you email these to me--very important--please include your LJ name

Special note: The thing about goals, occasionally they change. Some people get halfway into a marathon like this and realize there's no way they're going to make their goal. So, they drop out.

GAH! DO NOT DO THIS! If your goal needs to change, by all means change it. Each Monday I'll be happy to post any Revised PWGs for those of you who are moving along faster than expected, or for those of you who discover you might've been a wee bit too ambitious with your original goal. Uh, I'm not naming any names but you're looking right at one.

Remember, Grapenuts: "NEVER carve your goals in stone. Sinking stones take you down with them." (Uh, that'd be my quote of the day)

Nobody's sinking this month. Got it? Got it!

Any one who hasn't yet sent in their PWGs (Personal Writing Goals) please do so before tomorrow morning if possible (I'm easy the first week). And if you haven't signed up yet, let me know. Late-comers are welcome and I'll announce you when you show up. :)

Feel free to ask any questions in the comment section below, or email/PM me.

The countdown begins.........
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Grapemo: WEEKLY ACCOMPLISHMENT REPORTS

CONGRATULATIONS to sookie06 who reached all her Grapemo Goals and to kaz_mahoney who finished her DAUGHTER OF LIES revisions and is now off to write a synopsis and outline for a sequel!

ACCOMPLISHMENT UPDATES

anywherebeyond wrote 0 pages but did get some editing done.

ardentreader accomplished writing a word count of approximately 230 words; did a great deal of research and also compiled a list of other books to read that are relevant to her subject; completed her character profile sheets; edited the first 12 pages to make changes regarding places and time of events; and began a more detailed timeline of events.

beckylevine had a scattered week but did get through a couple more sections of Donald Maass' workbook for her WIP and started reading a history book about Chicago where the story is set.

brian_ohio is on the final stretch and CRUD will be finished and ready by Friday.

dlgarfinkle had a not-so-great week because she had to delete a lot of stuff that her stupid, evil twin must have typed, but she did do the the synopsis and is up to 11,630 words.

fandoria isn't sure how much she wrote b/c she cut a lot--but ended up keeping around 4K worth which brings her up to 86.7% done.

jer_bear711 wrote 13,500 words this week, mostly in three giant chunks (also had three zero-word days due to page proofs)--still a bit behind but confident she'll finish novel by Friday as planned.

kbaccellia received feedback from her writing mentor with suggestions on helping the plotline be more consistent. She also went over two chapters of revisions and plans to simply write this week and finish up this draft.

onegrapeshy did squat, writing-wise.

ophelialaughs has her upstairs unpacked, her old apartment (almost) ready to paint, no longer has to share a computers, and plans to finish up her chapter THIS WEEK.

NOTE: This week I will post all Teasers on THURSDAY only.

*PM or email these to me (sassenach43 at aol dot comma comma cow) with "TEASER" in the subject heading
*Include the title (made up or real, lol)
*If you email me, include your LJ name
*Please try to get them to me by Wednesday night

This is the LAST WEEK to complete our GRAPEMO Personal Writing Goals. You guys are amazing. Keep up the good word, keep me posted, get those Teasers out--And ROCK ON, WRITERS! xox

Grapemo Wrap-Up: Week # 3

Here are 3 of my favorite quotes to wrap up Week # 3 of GRAPEMO. Remember--

"You're not obligated to win. You're obligated to keep trying to do the best you can every day." Marian Wright Edelman

Also remember that "To fly, we have to have resistance." Maya Lin

Beginning Sunday,  one week left of Grapemo. Several of you have reached your goal (I'm lookin' at you, tamarak  and edgyauthor</lj> !). Others are ahead of scheudle, or right on target, or struggling to keep up. A lot can be accomplished in 7 (well, 9 right now) days so this is not the time to give up!

"Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up." Thomas Alva Edison

YES!

Accomplishment Updates Due by Sunday for Posting on Monday

*PM me (preferred if you are on LJ) or email sassenach43 at aol dot com
*Put "GRAPEMO UPDATE" in subject line
*Please do not send updates in comment sections of this blog
*If you missed this last week's update you can send it now, in the same message, and I'll post both of them (or total)

TEASERS for Tuesday may be sent any time via PM or email.

*Please put "TEASER" in the subject.
*Include the title (made up or real, lol).
*If you email me, include your LJ name

HAVE A WONDERFUL, SAFE, AND PRODUCTIVE WEEKEND, Grapenuts! xox

Week # 2 Wrap Up

Quote of the week by Mark Twain:

"To get the right word in the right place is a rare achievement. To condense the diffused light of a page of thought into the luminous flash of a single sentence, is worthy to rank as a prize composition just by itself...Anybody can have ideas--the difficulty is to express them without squandering a quire of paper on an idea that ought to be reduced to one glittering paragraph.

Grapemo Week # 2 is coming to an end and I'm so proud of you guys. Great progress! Wonderful teasers!

Accomplishment Updates Due by Sunday for Posting on Monday

*PM me (preferred if you are on LJ) or email sassenach43 at aol dot com
*Put "GRAPEMO UPDATE" in subject line
*Please do not send updates in comment sections of this blog
*If you missed this last week's update you can send it now, in the same message, and I'll post both of them (or total)

TEASERS for Tuesday may be sent any time via PM or email.

*Please put "TEASER" in the subject.
*Include the title (made up or real, lol).
*If you email me, include your LJ name

Hopefully this way I won't lose track of anyone. :) Have a great PRODUCTIVE weekend, Grapenuts!

TEASER Reminder

TEASERS will be posted on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

I'm trying to work out a few kinks here.

1. When you send your teaser, please include the title of the work. If you don't want to share the title, just give the genre or make something up, lol.

2. Be sure to private message (the easiest for me) or email me at sassenach43 at aol dot com. It's helpful if you put "teaser" in the subject heading.

3. Don't think I'm an idiot if I email you back and ask you what your LJ name is. Unless I know you very VERY well, my brain is often fried under the best of circumstances. I have trouble keeping track. :)

4. If both Tuesday and Thursday goes by and you don't see your teaser, please let me know. It might've been eaten by a troll. You think I'm kidding??

Thank you!

Wednesday


While I can't totally disagree with Stephen King on this--"I'm not a big fan of psychoanalysis: I think if you have mental problems what you need are good pills" (a combo would be nice)--I do take issue with this particular quote from On Writing:

"Any word you have to hunt for in a thesaurus is the wrong word. There are no exceptions to this rule."
 
I use the thesaurus mainly because I don't want to repeat the same word over and over, e.g. Say I have flickering candle that, um, flickers in the breeze. I know it's flickering. I also know that it's going to flicker more than once. Not only will this candle flicker, but I bet a few other things in the story will flicker once or twice. Lights, maybe--in fact I have a lot of flickering lights--or an idea in the head of my MC or an odd expression in sombody's eyes... You get it. I really don't want a thousand flickering echoes.

And maybe the candle doesn't flicker. Maybe it flutters, or sputters, or wavers, or sways, or dances in that breeze--but the ONLY WORD I can come up with in my Grapemo fried brain is "flicker." I don't want a "fancier" word or even a "better" word (and, as I writer, I hope I know better than to pick a stupid word that sounds like something I pulled out of a thesaurus)--I just want a DIFFERENT word, and dammit, I can't think of it myself.

So there.

GRAPEMO Reminders:

1. Teasers will be posted on Tuesdays and Thursdays (I will start tomorrow) so please send them to me a day in advance. Just so you know this will not be a friends-locked entry and will be viewable by the general public. Muuahahahaha!

2. First  updates will be posted on Monday Feb. 9 so please try to get these to me by Sunday. Tell me the name of your project and/or what kind of project it is and how much you accomplished over the previous week. Snarky comments will undoubtedly be included. :)