Discussion in 'Off The Beaten Track' started by Angelskates, Oct 10, 2012.
Then again you might need the distraction!
I'm at 14,769 words and so far the Nano word count is always 21 words above MS Word's word count!
How's everyone doing?
Still on 8011. No words added since Day 1. I was afraid this would happen. I have to write some major words tonight or tomorrow before the cycle of "work all day, too buggered to write" starts again!
Gone absolutely bonkers so far tonight, written over 4000 words and brought my total up to over 12000! Let's see if I can add another thousand or so before bed!
I've now written over five thousand words in the last few hours and broached 13000. With a cramp in my shoulder/neck, I think it might be bed time.
I wrote in a notebook in bed last night - which may set me back I bit because I will have to type it, but the plot is still going strong. Hopefully I will have time to go back and flesh out some of the characters and places. I have Monday the 12th off, I hope to devote the day to my writing.
I only use Pages word count. (Or Word if I'm writing on something besides my iPad). misskarne, one of things I've found is that it really helps to force yourself to write every day. Like yesterday I was sure I wouldn't be abel to write much at all as I was tired and completely uninspired. But I sat down around 9:00 pm and just started writing and the words flowed. I've written around 1700 words every day, one day more like 2000 and another more like 1300 but usually 1700+ and it really works.
I'm still on target, although last night was really a grind to get to the word count target.
I hope I'll be able to concentrate enough to meet my quota tonight!
I'm definitely going to try that this weekend. No matter how tired!
I'm averaging 2,000 words per day when I write, but I have missed 2 or three out of 7 days so far. I have a three day weekend coming up - I'll have to make up for lost time. I'm also thinking of adding illustrations. My villain seems to be growing in infamy, I think I am channeling some of my frustrations with my chronically unemployed bro.
I went to a write-in today. Everyone was so young! I wrote a lot though. So maybe I'll do another one.
I'm mildly terrified by how chronologically far my story has progressed in so few words. Luckily, two very major substory romances are coming up and those should take ages...
I'm the opposite. I'm at 15000+ plus words but I'm only up to High School and I still have some major fleshing out to do. I've got 40 more years to cover including what was supposed to be the meat of the book!
This has turned out differently than I thought. I am actually doing well with plot. My brain seems to be working through all the holes and obstacles, but my novel right now is a lot of straight narrative. I'm hoping mid-month I can have the basic narrative done and then go back and organize it into chapters and flesh out the characters and the settings with conversation or actions rather than simply stating so and so is "tall, dark, and handsome". I am thinking of stuff as I go along but I'm not going to go back to add it until I am finished with the plot narrative.
Before I started this I tried to do an organized outline with plot characters and chapters and I couldn't get anywhere. The story and characters seem to grow as I write it. At this point I'm not sure what the ending will be. I'm not sure I will get it all done by Nov. 30, but having a deadline motivates me to keep at it and I seem to be working better under the pressure of a deadline.
I'm such a doofus. I did some writing this afternoon and plugged my novel into the validator on the NaNoWriMo site and was completely that I'd written well over 22,000 words. I felt inspired this afternoon, but I didn't think I'd been that inspired.
And then I realized that I'd accidentally copied my novel into the field twice. D'oh.
As I feared, I got about 500 words into the day's allotment on Tuesday and then gave up so I could refresh election sites over and over, but at least I got some writing done anyhow. I've caught up the last couple of days and am only a few hundred words shy of where I should be at this point.
And two of my characters got into an unexpected fight today. I'm not a very fighty person in real life, so that was fun to write.
Oh my I have been having some crazy dreams since I started this project (they have nothing to do with my novel). Last night I dreamed about an animal that had the body of a shetland collie, the head of a cat and the snout of a coyote. It was roaming around a college campus cuddling up to people,s dogs and chasing down and eating their cats. ??? I haven't had time for movies, tv, or books since I started this, so I don't know where it came from!
Probably your creativity on overdrive?
Yes. That is why I wanted to do this. I was feeling really dried up. Just coming up with a witty comment to put on a birthday card had become beyond my capabilities.
I'm past 25,000 words - halfway!
I'm still lurking down around 15,500. I got majorly bogged down with work and then this part of the side-story offering no inspiration. It's kind of an important side-story (MC1's first love), but I just can't for the life of me get it flowing. So I'm skipping the boggy part and going straight to the more important bit. Hope it works.
My brain suddenly shifted gears this weekend and now instead of writing a linear narrative I have divided the story into chapters. Now I skip around and fill in the chapters as I think of dialogue and incidents. Who knew I could do this? On the other hand I am finding the process of editing and typing quite time consuming and tedious. I don't know how people do this for a living - I was exhausted Sunday night.
Go Angelskates! I can only dream of having 25K words down. I wish I were a better typist.
Me too. And as soon as I hit it, I had a major mental breakdown. But I made myself write yesterday again even though "yesterday's" effort took place after midnight. I find making myself sit down and write has been the best thing this NaNoWriMo has done for me.
Don't edit! Well, not real editing. I am going to go back today and flesh out some stuff and I find that kind of editing is fine. But real editing totally bogs you down.
I agree, I've barely deleted a word, and I have turned off the spelling/grammar check on Word as well!
Okay, that might be going too far.
I'd rather spend my time writing than changing words and correcting spelling or typos, and since my story has some foreign words, I'd rather Word not try and guess what they are!
I was lagging a little bit last week, but I had a long weekend and forced myself to sit down for several writing sessions, and I broke 25K late yesterday afternoon. Phew. Halfway there!
*puffpuff* Just hit 20k!
...I was 15k at the start of the day. I've GOT to stop doing this.
I'm almost up to 30k. I think I need about 150,000 at the end though. My plan is to get to 75k by the end and then paste in a bunch of stuff from my blog and start editing come Dec.
I set my alarm for 4:00am this morning. My feet didn't actually hit the floor until 4:30am, but once I plugged in my coffee pot and got my laptop set up next to my bed I was good to go. Even though I'm a night person I think this will work better for me. I work a compressed schedule, and even though it gives me an extra day off every other week, it makes for a long day.
I took everyone's advice and stopped editing. I feel like I'm leaving an awful lot of run-on sentences and tense disagreement to fix later, but I got a lot done. I'll brag when I hit the 25K mark.
I also took the advice of someone earlier in this thread and I am writing it as a serial adventure. That way I don't have to wrap up all the plot threads by Nov. 30. If I decide to do this next year I can just pick up where I left off.
I always write by jumping back and forth as I think of things, or writing the bits I feel inspired to write, rather than writing in sequence. The weird thing is that in every other area of life I'm very much someone who plans everything out.
Glad to hear everyone is going so well. I haven't even got around to opening my novel from last year to edit/finish it (which was my alternative-to-NaNo plan). Instead I've been finishing off work in the evenings. Maybe next year.
I often jump around, but this year I've actually done better than I thought writing linearly. I've only skipped one part. Silly MC1 falling for a butthead and making it difficult to write about the beginning of their relationship! Luckily MC1 came to his senses!
23185. I'm getting closer and closer. Par for the 15th (today, well it is 1am) is 25000, so hopefully I can nail par when I wake up.
I'm over 31k. But I'm running out of stuff to write about. I want to do 50k of original words before I start editing new material. I know I have to go back and fill out many sections but that requires editing which I'm trying not to do either.
I think I may spend the weekend organizing things and then take it from there.
Ah, you do realise this means 19k of blather?
In the meantime, I've hit 25k and I'm back on par!
Nah, it was a temporary block. If I'd planned it out ahead of time, I'd have an outline but I'm going by the seat of my pants so this is bound to happen.
I think you're head of par though. You only need to hit 25k by tomorrow! (or is it already tomorrow where you are? it's tomorrow here too but only for an hour so plenty of time to write )
It's the 15th now - Australia is one of the early timezones, so I get to days before you So I'm just ahead of par (by about 200 words). Hoping to be a little further ahead by the end of the evening.
Just cleared 32K. I'm kind of at a point where I don't know really know what's going to happen between now and the end and I'm conjuring stuff out of thin air, but that's half the fun. Hoping some of it will still be usable when I go back to revise.
I'm over 47k. So I figure I'll make goal tomorrow. Once I write about two different relationships, I'm not sure there is anything else to write about in Parts I and II and it will be time to edit my blog entries into a Part III. Is this cheating if I do it Nov since I'll have made the 50k all in Nov? It feels like cheating.
I am thinking over Thanksgiving I'll buy Scrivener and assemble the whole thing into a timeline and flesh out the parts that I was kind of short on and start weaving things together. That will still be working on the new material so it won't be cheating.
Oh, good work Mac!
I've just cracked 30,000. I'm behind again and struggling again and again, it's one of the MC's first romance. Clearly my brain is too stuck on getting my MCs together to bother with their previous relationships!
As far as I can tell from reading the forums on the NaNo site, once you've reached the 50K original word requirement, you've won, so I don't see how that's cheating.
And also, (((Scrivener))). I bought it shortly after starting my 2011 novel and it made the process so much easier.
My goal for this weekend was to clear 35K, and I ended up having a lot of inspiration this weekend (I know how the story is going to end now!) and breaking 40K, so I'm very happy. I actually think I might not die of embarrassment when I go back to start revising this one.
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