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Writing, writing, writing [Nov. 16th, 2005|09:06 am]
So, what've I been up to? Lots of writing!

I'm participating in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), as I think I've mentioned before.

The goal is a 50K word draft in the month of November. We just passed the halfway point chronologically and word-wise I'm at 22K. Close but slightly behind. So it's more writing, writing, writing for me!

So far, though, I like how my novel is coming along. It's an interesting fantasy/fable story (yes it has anthros, no it doesn't have elves, dragons, or any of the usual fantasy stuff). The characters are well on their journeys (many of them in the same direction, even) and chaos is about to burst forth and interrupt their plans. Defying NaNo tradition, I have also tried hard to avoid any blatant word-count padding which I would just need to edit out later. I'm also amazed by the (unintentional) things people write under pressure.

The new laptop purchase: very worthwhile. The iBook has been great for portable writing. The OS is a bit laggy (sometimes pausing egregiously during application switching) but very reliable and usable.

So I'm hoping that I'll be able to "win" Nano and make it to 50K. Just remember, the reason most people don't write a book is that they never start!

[User Picture]From: witchofnovember
2005-11-16 05:50 pm (UTC)
I still wish they would move it to August. Nothing else is going on in August, unlike November....*muttering* clean for Thanksgiving, cook for Thanksgiving, knit for Christmas, knit some more......
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2005-11-16 06:02 pm (UTC)
I hear ya. We volunteered to do the turkey (and extras) again this year for our local Thanksgiving.

We might insist on sitting around my parents' house with our laptops before and after the meal, though. We'll see how our wordcounts are doing!
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[User Picture]From: witchofnovember
2005-11-16 07:13 pm (UTC)
I actually have no idea what we are doing for Thanksgiving, just that two weeks later these odd but fun relations are showing up.
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[User Picture]From: traveller_blues
2005-11-16 06:14 pm (UTC)
That's just for the added scheduling pressure. :D Besides, 'NaAuWriMo' sounds more like a kid being obstinate about eating his stringbean casserole.

(And yeah, I know it's Na(Novel)WriMo, but...)

One of the things I try and do is push a little harder than 1,667 per day -- in previous years, I've managed to buy myself a day or two by Thanksgiving, which meant that if push came to shove, I could have dropped Turkey day and gotten away with it.

This year.. um. Not talking about this year.

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[User Picture]From: witchofnovember
2005-11-16 07:12 pm (UTC)
yeah, but I haven't found the voice transcription software that would allow me to knit and write at the same time. Pity really knitting is where I get all my good ideas.

Hmmm. Would be too obvious if I name a charactor Seline that I was still pissed of at my cousin Celina?
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[User Picture]From: agentmiss
2005-11-16 06:12 pm (UTC)
I, um, finnished my opening scene! Ok, so I'm a little behind. But I'm glad to hear yours is going well!
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[User Picture]From: lacy
2005-11-16 07:11 pm (UTC)
Will you be posting some of your story? :) It would be nice to see how it's going, I enjoy writing fiction here and there myself.
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2005-11-16 08:32 pm (UTC)
Probably not, just because I am terribly self-conscious about my first drafts! Sorry. I may change my mind and post some parts that I particularly like, or post after the first round of editing, or post excerpts if people seem really curious about it. Dunno. :,
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