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Pokécharms Story Writing Month 2013

Discussion in 'Creative Archive' started by Teapot, Nov 14, 2012.

  1. Teapot

    Teapot Virtual Duck Enthusiast
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    ChaWriMo is back! And yes, I am starting this thread in the middle of November, because it gives everyone a month and a half to plan.

    For those who have no idea what this is, ChaWriMo is Charms' take on NaNoWriMo, or, National Novel Writing Month, which was started years ago as something to just get people writing, and it's actually observed on an international level now so their name needs changing too.

    Our challenge is basically the same, though our page limit is shorter than NaNoWriMo's.

    What's the goal?: Your goal is to write a complete 25,000 word story from scratch (approximately 50 pages if you write 500 words per page). It must have a clear beginning and ending. Since that's only half of the original NaNoWriMo word goal, you're free to write more - just don't go overboard and miss the deadline.

    The idea is to not worry about quality, standards, or any of those other things that get in the way of writing, but instead to just write as much as you can. Yes, that means your story is not supposed to be meticulously edited and proofread - that can come after the month is over. It's about being creative and getting words out of your head and onto the page.

    How to take part: All you have to do is post in this topic saying you're taking part. Put "[ChaWriMo]" in the title of your story when you post it - we'll link to it via this main thread. After that, you're free to update your entry topic as you choose - just let us know when you finish so we can verify your word count, add you to our completion list, and celebrate your accomplishment.

    Last year, we actually had someone finish! Dwayna DragonFire managed to finish her story unlike the rest of you losers. This year, it'd be nice to see more fics get finished - but remember, having fun with it and writing without worrying is the main objective. We'll be handing out a snazzy new Pokéball and a custom title to anyone who manages to finish ChaWriMo this year, mind you. So there's that.

    So, if you're interested, just post in the topic and let us know. We'll be starting on January 1st and ending midnight January 31st, in whichever timezone you happen to be in.
  2. I'm definitely going to try it out. I have some beginnings of stories lying around I'll see which one I pick! Inspiration has always been a problem for me, so this might actually help me out.
  3. Psycho Monkey

    Psycho Monkey Member of the Literary Elite Four

    Sure why not, I'm game! ~evil~
  4. Teapot

    Teapot Virtual Duck Enthusiast
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    I am also participating this year. :)
  5. Mr.RMA

    Mr.RMA Magearna before it was cool

    Conflicted...conflicted...never gave this a shot before, but I've been wanting to write something for a while now...ah, what the hell! I'm gonna give it a go! I've got this old idea of mine I've been meaning to work on, so I may as well see what I can make of it.
  6. Should be free in January so I suppose I'll give it a shot. Now to think of an idea :3
  7. Linkachu

    Linkachu Hero of Pizza
    Staff Member Administrator

    I'll just say I'm taking part like I do every year, even though the chances of me actually taking part are horrendously slim. Lying to myself is fun. :'D
  8. Shiny Pyxis

    Shiny Pyxis 2016 Singles Football

    Whoot, finally I can do ChaWriMo~ I'll be done with college apps by this December (actually, if everything goes right and I don't procrastinate, by this weekend), and so I'll have plenty of time to plan and think and maybe even participate for once. :D
  9. I really want to say that I will try, and hopefully succeed, at this (this time). However, January doesn't bode too well with my courses, as most of them have major assessments due in that month. If I do try to do this, I will certainly start late, probably the 20th of January at the earliest, or just relocate mine to February. Either way, to those above and below me, good luck!
  10. Dwayna DragonFire

    Dwayna DragonFire 2014 Little Cup Champion

    I've been meaning to write another fic for a while, so I could end up joining again. I hope to see some good competition this year. ;3 Good luck to all of you.
  11. I'd be happy to give it a shot hopefully this will help with my insperation shortage. Good luck everyone!
  12. I have a some questions is there a standard font or font size to use because fonts vary in size because someone writing in Stencil size 18 will have to write less than someone using Ariel size 12.

    I use Calibri size 11 as my base font and noticed from reports and previous narratives and I usually fit around 800-1000 words. I'm just wondering because it may prevent me writing unnecessary amounts and adding laborious plot twists that could ruin my narrative :)
  13. Linkachu

    Linkachu Hero of Pizza
    Staff Member Administrator

    Try to aim for 25,000 words regardless of how many pages you end up having. Once you post your story on the 'Charms forums it'll be the word count that people pay attention to anyways. ^^
  14. Ah okay the way it was written made me think it was the page count that mattered :) I would have ended up doing around 50,000 word probably more with the long plot twists if I paid attention to the page count xD
  15. Teapot

    Teapot Virtual Duck Enthusiast
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    So, it's December 19th. We've got exactly two weeks until ChaWriMo starts - how's everyone's planning going? What kind of ideas are you knocking around? Are you going to just write and see what happens, or do you have a defined story?

    Personally, I have a fairly solid outline for what I plan to write - although it's only half finished thus far. The story is about super powered individuals, but what would happen if they were actually real people and comic book logic didn't apply. But beyond that, it's about a girl who tries to deal with her life being turned upside down, and how she deals with being almost unique, and learns to live with having an incredibly destructive power that she can't control.

    So, what about you guys?
  16. I'm afraid I'm not going to make it this year, either. I'm not doing as well in school as I'd hoped I'd be doing and I really can't spare the time every day or have the added stress. It's a shame NaNoWriMo is always in the winter months, because those are the busier periods in my school- I might try unofficially this summer.
  17. I have an idea for a romance story there isn't gonna be anything too graphic in there and then I'll add some twists and turns in to boost the word count up
  18. Dwayna DragonFire

    Dwayna DragonFire 2014 Little Cup Champion

    I think I'm going to write about my elven paladin character who lives throughout the ages. She goes through many hardships, including wars, apocalypse and loss of loved ones. An explorer for the many millenia she has been alive, it's sure to be a story filled with adventure.
  19. Psycho Monkey

    Psycho Monkey Member of the Literary Elite Four

    I'm going to write a ridiculous story that no one, not me, not any of you, not even the characters, should take seriously. In short, it will (hopefully) be a zany comedy that thrives on Refuge in Audacity and has no respect for the fourth wall. At worst KoL just does a fail fic reading of it which would still be utterly hilarious! XD
  20. Shiny Pyxis

    Shiny Pyxis 2016 Singles Football

    It's still November? (jk iluPetey)

    To be completely honest, I was going in with the mindset that I'm just going to wing everything and create a story with just what pops in my head. Or something like that.

    ... yeah. Expect many plotholes, Mary Sues, and disorganization. *shot* Maybe I should actually start planning this winter break |D
  21. Mr.RMA

    Mr.RMA Magearna before it was cool

    I've got a basic premise set, as well as the general outline for my main characters, but I'm still working on some details concerning the plot. What I've got planned so far is something of a dystopian-escape story with a different narrator for each chapter, or something of that variety. Of course, if this proves too complicated, I'll probably axe it and switch to a more conventional approach. Definitely not expecting to make the best story ever, or even one that's better than or equal to the finished products of you more experienced/gifted participants, but I'd like to, if anything, actually get around to finishing a work of this magnitude for the first time. Guess that's really the point of all this though, huh?
  22. Sir Red

    Sir Red Charms' Caped Crusader

    If I am really allowed to essentially write sheer and utter nonsense then I will definitely take part in this. I kind of want to just start writing and see what it turns into as I go along. Essentially chronicling the creative process, to dress up the crap that I'll be putting out at first. xP
  23. Teapot

    Teapot Virtual Duck Enthusiast
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    there is absolutely no reason why you can't do that. :) Go for it!
  24. With some encouragement from Data, I'd like to try this as well. I hope I have the inspiration for it~
  25. I think I will participate in this. I'll try to finish, but I'm really bad at finishing stories. But I have a few ideas in my head so I think I can start something and see where it goes. Seems fun :)
  26. Teapot

    Teapot Virtual Duck Enthusiast
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    Well, it's January 1st - get to writing, folks! :D
  27. Tailon

    Tailon Gryffindork

    I will be participating also! Even if I am doing this rather last minute >>
  28. I'm currently on my phone with limited internet connection right now. Do we have to post today?
  29. I don't think so, Carmi. I think a lot of us are uploading the entire thing when it is finished.

    Anyway I've already written 2500 words, this may be easier than I thought
  30. Teapot

    Teapot Virtual Duck Enthusiast
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    You don't have to post at all if you don't want to - this is a structured month for getting people to write above all else. Getting people posting would be great, though by no means required.
  31. baratron

    baratron Moderator of Elder Scrolls
    Staff Member Moderator

    There's no reason why our ChaNoWriMo can't be twice a year. July's a month when people in most parts of the world are free from school/college/university, and even people who work for a living might have holidays... Even NaNoWriMo itself has smaller events at other times of year, though I can't remember offhand which two months are used for them.

    Still haven't decided if I'm doing this or not. I have a story that needs finishing, which I wrote 2018 words for yesterday, and posted at Ao3. (Warning: Adult content - Huzzah!.) There is one chapter left of that to go. I have a story that needs finishing which is absolutely obscene, and I've only written the preliminary part of it. I have another story which is all angst and woe, which does not exist at all yet. And then there is my NaNoWriMo novel which needs to be at least twice as long as it currently is before the story is anywhere near completed.

    And what am I doing? Bad drawing. Hrm.
  32. Yoshimitsu

    Former Moderator

    Well, I started this 5/6 days late because it was more interesting than doing an essay. Currently 3190 words in. All it is is a reboot of one of my old fics, but considering I'm not even finished with the first chapter yet, I may end up going well over the word limit.
  33. Had to start again because I lost it. But wrote about 4,000 words today
  34. Psycho Monkey

    Psycho Monkey Member of the Literary Elite Four

    Just here to say I'm dropping out. The month is already half over and I've barely got 2000 words down. Classes have started again and this is looking to be a pretty busy semester so I doubt I'll find the time to put down the remaining 23,000. I guess I'll just have to try again next year.
  35. I'm probably dropping out also, lost all motivation to write
  36. I'm dropping out as well. I recently started up a role play on another website so I have been and will be writing this month. I'm pretty much getting what I'd hoped to get out of this challenge, just through the RP instead. So for now I wanna focus my time and creativity on that and maybe try this again in 2014 :p
  37. Lol love how i find this NOW...xD uhhh dont expext me to finish but I will participate! >=O
  38. Dwayna DragonFire

    Dwayna DragonFire 2014 Little Cup Champion

    I have to say, I really enjoyed pushing my creativity to the limits again. Though to be perfectly honest, I doubt I'll be doing it another year. I'd prefer to have ample time to let my brain work out what I'm going to do with a story instead of feeling so rushed.

    Regardless, I feel quite accomplished with myself. It was a hard fought run, and I'd like to thank the people who supported me. Hope you guys have better luck completing your stories next year.
  39. Shiny Pyxis

    Shiny Pyxis 2016 Singles Football

    Dway should get a prize for being the only person who's done it twice now~
  40. Mr.RMA

    Mr.RMA Magearna before it was cool

    Wait, wait, hold up! By some miracle, I managed to finish mine as well before it hit midnight over here! Still, I agree that Dway deserves special recognition for doing it twice.

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