Nanowrimo week 1 update

November 7, 2012

Okay, so – I am trying to set my pace to reach 50,000 words at the Night of Writing Dangerously banquet in San Francisco, and since it falls on Nov 18th this year, that means my target is a somewhat staggering 2778 words per day.

And I’m just on target! My word count at the moment is 19,510 words, which is actually 7.02 days worth according to my word count spreadsheet. I was feeling a little doldrum-ey today, still several hundred words behind even after writing on the bus, but I joined in some #NanoWordSprints and made up the difference.

I kinda like the way the story’s going so far. My characters have explored a lot of the planet Chazwa and gotten involved with Jo Grant, (name subject to change, since I didn’t realize that Doctor Who had dibs,) who’s recruiting them into some undercover shenanigans to con criminals.

It’s moving a bit slowly, but then, I don’t need to get to THE END by 50k, and I’m not sure I need to finish it during November, though that would be nice. This is better than the opposite problem, of running out of story before I reach 50k.

Are you doing Nano? How’s it coming so far? Any sign of the doldrums?


Nanowrimo Camper Check-in, week 3

August 18, 2012

Well, I’m past the half-way point now. Total word count in August, 34,405!

I feel like I’ve got a bit of a handle on my plot structure, too. Nashua has undertaken a three-quest challenge to cut the psychic link between herself and the demon, Ishtapel, before Ishtapel finds her and carries her back to the witch’s tower. Odesio, the son of the witch from the travelling fair, has undergone a temporary psychic link to Nashua, so that he can share in her spirit quests. The first quest is moving along pretty well – she has to go into the mirror worlds and reach the innermost shrine of the Monks of Manifest Mystery, who take a dim view of intruders. ;)

I’m having a lot of fun with the strangeness and internal rules of the mirror worlds, though they may not make much sense to anybody else. And Nashua and Odesio are always fun to have together, so them questing together is working out well.

I want to have one spirit quest-type in a different venue from the mirror worlds, though I’m not sure what that’ll be yet, and one quest in the real world, which will be the most dangerous, because once Nashua leaves the home of the witches that she’s hiding with, the bad witch will be able to find her!


Nanowrimo Day 1 – It begins…

November 1, 2011

Word count: 1432

Writing sessions: 3 (as of 5pm)

Doing fairly well. Got some words written before I left for work, and on the bus both way. Managed to forget my office key-card, and as I’m usually the first to flex-time in, ended up walking around the neighborhood listening to Storywonk podcasts, eating my apple and drinking my strawberry milk, until 9am. If only there had been a nice comfy place to write open that early.

I’m starting to wonder if I’ll run out of outlined plot before 50k. However, with Star Patrol that shouldn’t be much of a problem, as I’m also well familiar with the second adventure of these intrepid space adventurers – the Imperion Confrontation. So if I need to, I can just jump right into that storyline!

Write-in tonight at Williams coffee on the pier. Whoo-hoo!

So how’s your nano going?


Pushing yourself for word count

October 7, 2011

As we race headlong towards the start of National Novel Writing Month 2011, I’ve been thinking a bit about writing for quantity. Trying to get yourself to write more can certainly be a worthy goal, though it isn’t the only worthy writing goal, and Nanowrimo certainly helped to show me what I could accomplish in terms of my raw writing output. But what about after November has come and gone?

Some people look for a different ’50,000 words in a month’ challenge every month, or set goals for an entire year’s worth of writing – I’ve participated in Nanowriye several times, but I’m not sure that it’s the best way of going. Being able to choose your own goal and decide when you can take it easy and when you’re going to swing for the fences is key, as well as having a timeframe that doesn’t seem so distant or keep you from recalibrating your performance frequently.

I’ve thought about trying to count my word count on a week by week basis, but never actually gave that a try. A month is a good timeframe – I love the idea of Ninja Novel Writing Month, which is every month. And for a truly supportive monthly word count tracker whenever I feel like writing – yes, the Stringing Words forum has got that too.

Monthly word counts on Stringing Words are pretty simple affairs, no flashy gimmicks, but they work. You pick your target at the start of the month, or whenever you get around to it. You write, you track your count, and you cheer each other on. That’s about all there is to it.


Roughdraft, the word processor.

August 13, 2011

Well, I’ve talked about writing gadgets on this blog, but never really thought to blog about writing software until today. (This changed when I was suddenly inspired by a Storywonk podcast.) So, I’ll tell you about my favorite word processor for writing new material.

Now, when I’m actually writing, the key for me has to be speed. I’ve never really found something like MS Word or Works to be good for keeping up with me when I’m coming up with new stuff, and on windows, OpenOffice writer didn’t seem to cut it either. (I find OpenOffice.org much speedier on the linux eeePC, which is good, since abiWord sucks and they’re apparently the only two options in Ubuntu town if you want to work with RTF files. But anyway…)

The thing is, I don’t want to write in a program that’s bloated down with a lot of features that I’m not going to use for writing. Each feature takes up RAM, it occupies space on the menu or the toolbar, and it’s a potential distraction. Of course, once the initial writing is done and I’m doing revision or formatting a manuscript, something like MS word is clearly the better choice.

For a long time, I was writing my stuff in WordPad and then copying to a more feature-rich word processor when I needed to – like to check on my word count. This became very frustrating once I was participating in National Novel Writing Month or NaNoWriYe and began to live or die by my word count.

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Nanowrimo Day 20 – Ran out of Snowflake

November 20, 2010

Forty six thousand, eight hundred and forty three words.

Thirty-one hundred and fifty seven short of the target.

And I’ve gotten pretty much to the end of my snowflake outline. The bad’un has been defeated, the hero and heroine have sorted out their issues and found happily ever after, the whole kit and caboodle. So what do I do now?

I could try to write a little epilogue and describe a little of their happily ever after, maybe the start of the hero’s next mission. I could go back and look for places where I can insert or expand new words.

I suspect that maybe I’ll need to do both in order to get where I need to be.

Wish me luck! And many thanks to the San Fran natives who welcomed me to the write-in this morning at Reader’s cafe.


National Novel Writing Month 2010 – Day 1

November 1, 2010

Stats Roundup:

Words written today: 2,588

Scenes written: 6

Times I’ve had to resort to brackets and [include something I'll research later in here]: 1

Local write-ins attended: 1

Local writers that attended the write-in, including me: 6

Times my eeePC started flashing a low-battery light during the day: 1

Characters appeared from my outline: 3

Characters appeared who weren’t included in my outline: 2

A good start to the month, overall.


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