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Writing Update [Nov. 3rd, 2013|09:02 pm]
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I dusted off the old NaNoWriMo account -- they still have my records -- and set it up for this year.

That said, I do not expect to make the goal. There are lots of things going on so I'm going to be writing almost entirely during my ferry commutes, which based on past experience points to a max of around 1000 words per day (not the 1,667 required to hit the NaNoWriMo novel goal). Still, it's good motivation to strengthen my writing habit where I've been slacking. (In part due to not having a personal laptop for a few weeks.)

Besides, Kit called dibs so I have extra parent duties to support her effort this year! :)


What am I writing now?

"Pack of Mind"
It's cyberpunk with werewolves! Hey, I write what I'd want to read! :D Furry and exciting (hopefully).

The werewolves (humans with genetic bodmods) get to be the genre-requisite gritty antiheroes. The protagonist falls into an uneasy alliance with them as he tries to clear his name with the police, a semi-corporate entity, after being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Meanwhile, the chief of police is on a fanatical crusade to rid his city of the werewolf gangs and will go to surprising lengths to succeed.


What else have I been up to?

"Sleepwalking"
This short story will appear in the upcoming "Abandoned Places" anthology from FurPlanet. I turned in my edits on the proof. I must admit, I'm rather pleased with how this turned out, especially as I don't normally do shorts with such a horror flavor. I also got to read the other stories in the anthology proof and there are some real winners; I'm humbled to be included among such peers.

"Gods of Eventide"
I've been doing edits on this YA fantasy novel manuscript. (It's marginally furry.) I'd like to get this into good shape as I feel it has real potential.
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[User Picture]From: kj_roo
2013-11-04 10:16 am (UTC)
I could never do that. It would use up my entire daily allotment of words that I need for work and stuff...
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[User Picture]From: schnee
2013-11-04 10:39 am (UTC)
That said, I do not expect to make the goal. There are lots of things going on so I'm going to be writing almost entirely during my ferry commutes, which based on past experience points to a max of around 1000 words per day (not the 1,667 required to hit the NaNoWriMo novel goal). Still, it's good motivation to strengthen my writing habit where I've been slacking. (In part due to not having a personal laptop for a few weeks.)

50,000 words is an arbitrary goal, anyway. You can tell a story in less, and you can fail to do it in more.

And not only that, defining the event's goal in terms of word count alone encourages people to go for quantity rather than quality. Writing is one thing; editing what you've written is another, and although I obviously enjoy reading a long good novel, I'd rather read a short good one than a long bad one. Perfection isn't reached when there's nothing left to add but when there's nothing left to take away, and indeed I think that's what writing is all about: tell the story you want to tell, then take away everything that isn't necessary. The book you'll end up with will be shorter, but it'll be intense and dense — concentrated story that hits the reader like a sledgehammer.

Getting back to NaNoWriMo — of course I see why they're setting a word count goal, though; it's pretty much the only thing they can do. Everything else would be difficult to quantify at best.

That said, I also always thought that the whole idea of setting a "goal" and declaring people "winners" if they reach it was a bit suspect. Again, I understand what the idea is – to get people to write, especially people who'd otherwise not do it –, but there's a risk there of losing sight of the forest for the trees.

Long story cut short — forget about the numbers, and just write the stories that want to be told. :)
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2013-11-05 05:41 am (UTC)
Very true. They admit that the word count is a rather arbitrary system (and it's also entirely on the honor system). It's really just about developing writing habits and getting past creative blockages.

I'll not write garbage to make word count. (I've won NaNoWriMo a few times so I don't need to prove that I can do raw words.) But I will track and see how much I can use it to regain momentum.

Thanks for the comment and encouragement! :)
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From: endmouse
2013-11-04 05:12 pm (UTC)

NaNoWriMo

I'd echo the previous comments on word count. When I write, I'm never aware of length. And I think some of your best work has been in the short story format. You have a talent for delivering a powerful effect in a short space, kind of like a compressed spring suddenly released. (I only wish I had such a gift. Though I can sometimes squeeze the spring down, when I try to release it, it sprongs off in another direction.)
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2013-11-05 05:43 am (UTC)

Re: NaNoWriMo

Thanks for the kind words! Yes, the word count is really just to encourage me to get back into a more regular writing habit. And besides the powerful and concise writing I turn out is almost always the result of editing down afterwards. I need the raw material first. (Though if I can manage less-raw, all the better!)
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[User Picture]From: thump
2013-11-08 03:22 am (UTC)
Kick ass and have fun! :)
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