I usually make a directory called /data, easier to navigate to via command line. Usually you need to force mount ntfs when it was unmounted uncleanly either from Windows or Linux, many times all you have to do is restart Windows so it can clear the offending message in the journal.
Using force all the time in my opinion would not be wise if there is a more serious issue with the current state of the file system where it needs to checked. My Mac OS X has forced Windows to check em' on a few occasions.
I haven't booted into Ubuntu in a little and can't remember how mine is set up, but usually put:
/dev/sda2 /media/Windata ntfs-3g defaults 0 0