The NaNoWriMo-ADN Project

Saturday, November 03, 2012 – 50 views

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For all you bloggers on ADN. And obviously for my loved ones.

"If I wanted you to understand it, I would have explained it better." - Johan Cruyff


Context: The thread of the conversation between me and @warza that got this whole thing started

So here's the thing. I have been considering what else I could do with (ADN = App Dot Net), other than the already awesome stuff that's out there now. If I were list them all out, I would definitely be spamming the global stream.

And it's not as if I was not occupied myself with trying them out already, not to mention real life stuff that needs to be done. Time is a luxury I do not have.

But as things go on ADN these days, sometimes a challenge is something you just cannot cast aside so easily. Especially since it ties in nicely with the threading experiment that I've been doing the past few months.

NaNoWriMo aka National Novel Writing Month, where you complete your story within one month. And from their site, "NaNoWriMo is run a tiny team of eight novel-loving souls ... and is funded almost entirely by participant donations–participants like you!"

Sounds legit

And they give you 3 and a half tips on what to do too, which is helpful:

  1. It’s okay to not know what you’re doing.
  2. Do not edit as you go.
  3. Tell everyone you know that you’re writing a novel in November.
    3.5. Don't quit, because it will get better

And yes, it is a program for kids (i think). But after signing up and checking the site out, this concept of writing one chapter per day for 30 days, compile - edit - publish novel appeals to me.

The idea of meeting up fellow amateur novelists is great too, especially since they are localised. Got to check though whether the people are adults or otherwise. The topics of discussion may be too different otherwise lol.

So I need to set up a workflow for myself. I have never written a novel in my life, and my grammatical errors can be jarring. So i might need ADN's help in proofreading as i post. Grammar is important lah :)

Since I will be posting from wherever, from the phone or desktop, what better way to utilise the tools in ADN than to use them for this project.

Anyway, this would be a good annex for the still incomplete thread on how I thread on ADN

And the best thing about ADN? This kind of collaboration.

So this NaNoWriMo-ADN Project will be totally done via posts. That is the plan.

Also as I'm typing this, I find out people here are supporting each other. The community spirit here is unlike what I've seen before. Maybe this was how twitter was like when it just started.

So here's the workflow:

So now my Introduction has 15 (+1) "paragraphs" so far.

Edit blog to exclude mentions, notes by me (labelled /n), and use markdown. (This is so that the reader will be able to read the full thread without distractions. In no way am i snubbing those who reply) Save and publish

Copy edited post, and crosspost to @jazzychad's longposts, which I find is the one place on that can bring ADNbloggers together. Archived at longposts. Include link to (since LP has no edit function yet.) Check and Publish.

Once LP url is generated, it will be the first post of another separate thread, where people can comment on what you wrote. Add link into first blog.

So far, this is what I've been doing all along. Very old school and primitive (can't use IFTTT, i tried) but at least I know where everything is and I can control how things look. Lots of manual work, but it's worth it, considering...

Now for the NaNoWriMo, I haven't really decided what genre this would be, and even what subject I'm gonna write about. All depends on what happens on that day. Basically the novel will be kind of a journal. An ADN zeitgeist for the month

I chose Adventure ^^

So yeah, that's THE plan.

I will slowly figure out the content as time goes by. And talking about time, since i'm in +8h UTC, 1st November will last from roughly Auckland to USA time. It's noon in SF, so I have 12 more hours. A global "day" is 44 hrs.

So maybe for my first entry, after this intro, I will be talking about what @alicia and 5 others (so far) have "achieved" on ADN, and what it means to have done that. From my perspective.

This is gonna be quite a commitment, but as the organisers warned me, it's gonna be tough the first week. But it will get better. I hope.

One thing for sure though.

I don't know whether i'll break the thread (@dalton will get pissed if it did) but if I'm going to use the same one for 30 consecutive days, I believe this could possibly be the start of the longest thread ever on ADN.

Well I am a tester after all :)

Day 1: The rise of the #CookieClub

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