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Re: Pat_B
according to one joke, johnmacnab, bears deploy bunnies rather than TP in the woods... (don't ask, I'm sure someone will know it...)

posted by mneme on November 23, 2009 at 4:13 AM | link to this | reply

Re: Azur
Me too johnmacnab.. but I rather like that..

posted by mneme on November 23, 2009 at 4:11 AM | link to this | reply

Just a thought..
Could you perhaps make one of your characters a bit like this endearing old boy?..there are too many baddies already...

" I’m going to make it fun and raise the cup of joy. I decided to do that today when I was playing billiards. It made the game exciting and fun – sure I got beat as per normal, but it was enjoyable for both me and my opponent." 


posted by mneme on November 23, 2009 at 4:07 AM | link to this | reply

Whacky
Thanks Whacky.  That sounds like a brilliant way of looking at it - all I have to do is wake up my imagination.

posted by johnmacnab on October 31, 2009 at 7:34 AM | link to this | reply

BC-A
I hadn't cosidered the mentor part, BC-A.  Thanks for that.  You can see I'm new at this, can't you?

posted by johnmacnab on October 31, 2009 at 7:33 AM | link to this | reply

good luck!
just pretend you are reading  to your granddaughter from your mind and write it down.

posted by Whacky on October 30, 2009 at 7:02 PM | link to this | reply

 Thank you for sharing. In any event, one character can drive the plot by going through conflicts, and solving all at the end. Now, a mentor might urge him on and a villain causes the conflicts. So, just add those two if you don’t want to get fancy. BC-A, Bill’s RJLst

posted by BC-A on October 30, 2009 at 6:11 PM | link to this | reply

sam444
Thanks Sam444.  I'll need all your wishes.

posted by johnmacnab on October 30, 2009 at 3:42 PM | link to this | reply

majroj
Darn it!  Can you read minds?   I'd arranged for that to happen at the end of chapter 1, 3 and 7.  By that time all my characters would be deaded and I'd have the perfect reason to cease and desist.

posted by johnmacnab on October 30, 2009 at 3:41 PM | link to this | reply

Darson
Thank you Darson.  I'll keep on typing.

posted by johnmacnab on October 30, 2009 at 3:39 PM | link to this | reply

Pat_B

You obviously have a fertile imagination and the mindset for NaNo, Pat.  I can't imagine me running naked through the woods being pursued by a bear.  If I was lucky it would have to pause for a bathroom break, because as we all know, bears test toilet paper in the woods.

I was going to reply, 'I'll try my best,' but then I remembered one of my pool opponents comments when I said that - 'don't try to do it, just bluidy do it,' he replied.

posted by johnmacnab on October 30, 2009 at 3:32 PM | link to this | reply

majroj
I love it, majroj.  Some of the guys got a helluva fright as the almost blew their ass's off.

posted by johnmacnab on October 30, 2009 at 3:16 PM | link to this | reply

Azur
And let's face it Azur, not knowing is me to a T.

posted by johnmacnab on October 30, 2009 at 3:10 PM | link to this | reply

I love reading them from the mind! I wish the very best on this endeavor! sam

posted by sam444 on October 30, 2009 at 2:06 PM | link to this | reply

And as the apocryphal detective author said

Whenever you get stuck, have two guys with guns burst through the door.

Of course that prety well sums up much American pop-lit now....

posted by majroj on October 30, 2009 at 11:38 AM | link to this | reply

Anyone who can make up a story impromptu is gifted. Keep writing your novel!

posted by Darson on October 29, 2009 at 2:41 PM | link to this | reply

No characters? You have a whole menagerie of characters...

There's your wise and clever little four-year-old, who goes skipping off into the forest trying to catch the bluebird of happiness... sprinkle your granddaughter's favorites, the tree-climbing kangaroo, a few tree frogs, a gnome or two, maybe a scary witch that turns out to be a fairy in a bad mood. Add her beloved grandfather who follows a trail of cookie crumbs or little hair ribbons, scared green that she'll run into the big bad wolf or something. He could trip over his shoes, scare himself, fall into the creek and have to dry his clothes on a blueberry bush, and abandon them when a bear comes berrypicking... 

There's "a million things to be, you know that there are." I believe that's the theme song from Harold and Maude.  I think you're winding yourself up for the marathon and you'll have a lot of fun before you cross the finish line...

posted by Pat_B on October 29, 2009 at 2:34 PM | link to this | reply

GOPHER IT!

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R9sRZcJ2k5c&feature=related

 

posted by majroj on October 29, 2009 at 1:19 PM | link to this | reply

well said. the fun of it, is in the not knowing
where it;s going. You can't solve everything at the start, or probably ever. It's all good. 


posted by Azur on October 29, 2009 at 10:40 AM | link to this | reply

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