Dr. Wicked: NaNoWriMo’s Obstetrician

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December 6, 2009

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  1. Tony Noland 12.06.09 at 7:05 pm

    I can’t claim that I’m expecting a baby, but I second everything that you said about Write or Die. It was perfect for my NaNoWriMo this year. I describe my other writing tools here.
    Alegra Clarke 12.06.09 at 7:36 pm

    Dr. Wicked was my greatest discovery this month.
    Steve 12.06.09 at 8:04 pm

    It helped light the fire–I fought and fought until mid-month without it, and then used it to bust through the nnnnggggg. By week four I had adopted PyRoom (a WriteRoom clone), and the desperation of needing 20k in three days was enough :) But all praises to Write or Die!
    KjM 12.06.09 at 8:25 pm

    As my chosen implements of torture for the NaNoWriMo exercise were, once again, pen and paper, Dr. Wicked was not available to me. And, did I ever need him. 24K+ words in the final four days. Not something I want to do to myself, or loved ones, again.

    This year I had about as much idea of what the novel was about, at the start, as I did last year. But, seemingly for grins, I upped the ante by telling the story from the perspective of three main protagonists.

    I could have used Dr. Wicked, and an outline, and someone to tell me I was nutz!

    I have to agree. Grand expectations are to be avoided. The way to achieve the goal – rear end in chair, fingers to keyboard (or pen nib to paper).

    Although, electric shock therapy might have its role to play. :)
    Alegra Clarke 12.06.09 at 9:17 pm

    Steve – Dr.Wicked is an excellent remedy for the nnnnngggggg! In fact, I am about to go visit him right now to bust through a block I’m having with a chapter scene.

    KjM – I am so impressed you achieved that with pen and paper! In my case, I am really hoping Dr.Wicked figures out how to make that electric shock option a reality ;o)
    Mystic 12.06.09 at 11:45 pm

    Isn’t it phenomenal how the affection comes for those messy rough drafts? They are the pillars really..

    It’s a bit like a fashion show. What everybody gets to see at the pretty faces, flawless skins, colorful clothes, perfect cat walking, matching music beats etc etc.. but what goes in making it a success, however, is not that pretty.
    Alegra Clarke 12.07.09 at 1:31 am

    Mystic – Well said. This NaNoWriMo has really allowed me to look at my first drafts (and often the next 2-30 drafts!) with affection and respect rather than the frustration I used to feel. I used to berate myself for not being able to ‘get it right’ or at least close, in the first draft or two.
    PJ 12.07.09 at 1:42 pm

    You always seem to find the good stuff. Maybe this Dr. Wicked is the kick in the tail I need. Lately, I’ve fallen into the dreaded Bejeweled trap instead of writing like I’m supposed too. The good news, however, is that I’m really good at Bejeweled now.
    Alegra Clarke 12.07.09 at 2:54 pm

    Kemari turned me on to Dr.Wicked and then another friend/writer Bill Henderson gave me the extra nudge to actually start using it once NaNoWriMo kicked in. I highly recommend it. It will help increase your endurance with writing and I think it will surprise you how much you write in a short amount of time. Plus, if you are looking for a good game, you can get into word wars with other Dr.Wicked users.
    DeborahB 12.08.09 at 3:52 pm

    Loved this article. Alegra, how do I make an appointment with Dr. W? Oh, best of wishes on the baby!
    Alegra Clarke 12.09.09 at 12:50 am

    Thanks Deborah!
    Dr.Wicked is always available…24/7 ready to drill sergeant those words out of you! Just click on the link. There is also a version you can download that won’t allow you to use the backspace or delete button – I am definitely planning to invest the $10 for that feature!
    Donna Earnhardt 12.14.09 at 11:53 pm

    I have not yet worked up the courage to engage Dr. Wicked in a game of chicken (novel style), but I am on the verge. I was a NaNo rebel this month and accomplished a lot on my list…just not a 50,000 word novel. Nor did I produce any new children. The three I have are plenty. :)

    Enjoy the process…the writing and the pregnant part. It all goes by far too quickly!

    kaolin fire 12.20.09 at 12:52 am

    Erm, are the forums down or is it just me?


    I’m only getting the header/menu of any given page.
    mdpulaski 12.20.09 at 6:34 pm

    The forums down man, and I’m in a bad way. If I don’t get my fix soon, I’ll have to log on at WD. And that’s not the good stuff, I need the good stuff.

    Charlee Vale 12.21.09 at 2:49 am

    Now, it’s not just you guys. It’s me too.
    What’s happening?

    JR Tomlin 12.21.09 at 3:30 am

    I am concerned. Has anyone heard anything from Maria?
    DeborahB 12.21.09 at 8:50 am

    yeah, what’s up? Or should I say down?
    AR Norris 12.21.09 at 11:32 am

    Hmmm….I thought for sure it’d be up by today. Any word from Maria?
    JR Tomlin 12.21.09 at 2:30 pm

    Warren has been in touch with Maria and she’s working on the problem.
    Lori 12.22.09 at 7:57 am

    LOVE the idea of an obstetrician for wordsmiths! LOL

    My game plan this year was to have an ending in mind. Without that, I’d struggled in previous years. I made it, but I’ll admit – I have no idea what those last 5K words look like. :)
    Tony Noland 12.23.09 at 1:03 pm

    Saw a tweet from Maria a few days ago that she was working on it.

    Still down as of 12/23/09. Maybe the “Why I Write” contest was going nuclear?
    JR Tomlin 12.23.09 at 11:47 pm

    Still nothing. Very unusual for it take this long to bring a forum back up.
    banana_the_poet 12.24.09 at 11:35 am

    Only joined the forum very recently – starting to feel like a jinx :(
    Anyone know what’s happening with the “Why I Write” contest? Is the forum down for everyone?

    Just wondering.
    Dave Schneider 12.24.09 at 12:40 pm

    According to Maria’s latest post on Twitter:
    “The Editor Unleashed forum is having a technical glitch with the server. I’m working on getting it fixed. Sorry!”
    8:37 AM Dec 21st from web
    banana_the_poet 12.24.09 at 3:54 pm

    Thanks for that Dave – Merry Christmas and Happy Hannukah and Seasons Greetings :) XXX
    Ronda Laveen 12.25.09 at 4:54 pm

    Thanks for posting that there is a technical problem with the Forum. I was hoping it wasn’t my computer.
    Joseph 12.26.09 at 5:14 pm

    Bragging never works (smiles)!

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