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Well, here goes...
galadrion
I've done it, even after I said I didn't plan to... I've signed up for National Novel Writer's Month. (Yes, Beau, I know I said I wasn't going to do it, I had too much on my plate... but something bit me.) A few of my friends are already signed up, so I decided to go for it as well.

I doubt I'll get much done on my current work-in-progress while I'm doing this, though. Fifty thousand words in one month is a heckuva goal, but I think I can do it. I've already got the idea - something new for me, a Harry Potter fanfiction. In fact, the idea I've got in mind will probably far exceed that minimum... most likely, I'll have plenty of material for a pair of stories. That's pretty much what I've got in mind anyway: two stories, covering the Trio's sixth and seventh years. If I like what I wind up with, I'll probably polish it up and try to get it posted on Schnoogle.com. Even if they don't take it, I'll definitely post it on my own site, if only to show off what I can do when I decide to.

Kinsfire, Beau... thanks for bringing this to my attention. This may be just the thing to get me past this block I've been struggling with for far too long and get me back in the habit.

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Good luck. I know you'll do well. I have faith in you. ^_^

Hey, and hopefully this will spur some inspiration for you to continue with your regular story. I miss it. Unless you've updated it and I've not received the email notifications, it's been months since your last new chapter. Good luck to you.

I don't think you've missed out on anything I've posted - if I recall correctly, I recieved an e-mail from you about Chapter 16, back in May. So far, unfortunately, that's been the last chapter - 17 has been a matter of sit down and write for a couple of hours, only to have to reject 95% or more of what I just did. Some days, I lost ground.

Well, what I've got in mind is this: once I finish up this story, I'm going to scrap the little I've already got written on Chapter 17 and start fresh. I think I went horribly wrong, somewhere in the first couple of paragraphs - or perhaps even in the direction I tackled the chapter. So - *whfft!* - it's gone! New start. Pound out three to five thousand words, see if it's workable. If so, spend a day or two in pre-edit, off to my proof-readers, final edit, and post!

If it's not workable, it's time to try some advice a friend recently gave to me. Reread it closely two or three times, then clean-slate it again. Try to rewrite it from memory, not necessarily getting all the details the same, but using the broad outline and what I remember of the important scenes. Try that, and see if it fits what I want any better. *Laugh* Rather a drastic editting job, to my way of thinking, but hey, I'm at the point now where I have to do something.

Anyway, thanks for the kind words. Time for my second push of the day, so here goes...

Oy, it sounds like you've been going through some major writer's block. That happened to me last year with NaNoWriMo. I made it to 10,000 words and then just fizzled out. I'd sit for an hour and be lucky to write 100 words. It never was satisfactory either. You seem to be willing to go to drastic measures to cure this though.

Oh and btw, I didn't even remember that email from back in May. You have some memory!

Hmm, perhaps we'll both succeed in NaNoWriMo, and I really do hope you get that next chapter worked out on your story. It's worth the effort, I think.

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