NaNoWriMo

Writing Time: Everlasting #64, NaNoWriMo 2013 #4

by on Nov.05, 2013, under Articles, NaNoWriMo, Writing, Writing Updates

Writing Session

Word Count: 2,023

An uphill battle. I arrived early to try to get some words done but I kept hitting distraction after distraction. It wasn’t until late evening that I finally started pounding out the words. Even so I didn’t reach my word count, which was a double word count today since I skipped yesterday. But I did go over the normal word count, so hopefully I’ll catchup tomorrow!

NaNoWriMo 2013

Days Since Update: 2
Delta: +2,023
Daily Average: +1,011.5

Prime Delta: -1193
Word Count: 7,140
Remaining: 42,860

So I skipped writing last night. I was bad, I know. But things were happening. Actually I don’t have a good excuse. I made up some of the missing word count this evening but I’m still over a thousand behind.

Everlasting Update

Novel Word Count: 138,163
Outline Word Count: 31,564 (+2,019)

What I did get written, on the other hand, I’m mostly pleased with. I’ve made some interconnecting relationships between characters which may or may not exist after the edit. For example Carlos is now the nephew of Blackheart, and Tigh has a “brother”, but it make for some more drama at the end. I’d actually say I’m probably about five thousand or so words away from finishing the entire outline. I’m actually kind of surprised/scared. On the other hand, that means I’m that much closer to actually finishing the novel too. Sadly now it is time for sleep.

 

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Writing Time: Everlasting #63, NaNoWriMo 2013 #3

by on Nov.03, 2013, under Articles, NaNoWriMo, Writing, Writing Updates

Writing Session

Word Count: 1,707

Writing session wasn’t so much a session as I just wrote whenever I could today. It started early this morning and I wrote in about 100 word spurts, taking long breaks in between, including a car ride home. I finished off the my last six hundred words in about an hour. Today was about the same as yesterday in terms of ease. Hopefully tomorrow will get better.

NaNoWriMo 2013

Days Since Update: 1
Delta: +1,707
Daily Average: +1,707

Prime Delta: +117
Word Count: 5,117
Remaining: 44,883

The key to NaNoWriMo is not to edit. That is harder to do when you’re writing an outline than when you’re writing the novel proper, which is probably why this is National Novel Writing Month, and not National Novel Outline Writing Month, nevermind that NaNoOuWriMo is even harder to say than NaNoWriMo. Perhaps NNOWM? Sounds like someone saying nom in an overly dramatic way. Anyway you’ll be happy to know I’ve just been pushing on without really editing despite not being exactly happy with how things are going.

Buddy Watch

My Buddies are wandering their way through the month so far. The first weekend tackling us the first day in seems to have taken its toll from some and energized others. Sithwitch13 hasn’t updated a word count, neither has MightyMur, nor LacyJae. Jeana_Beana has added herself to the board with a very solid 2505.

However it is CinsAngel who has solidly won today’s running, with an amazing 6132. Keep it up Cins! You’re an example for us all.

Everlasting Update

Novel Word Count: 138,163
Outline Word Count: 29,545 (+1,654)

I am not entirely sure why the word count for the outline changed less than my total word count for the day. This might be due to some deleting I did? I don’t know. I’m choosing to believe the session counter built into Scrivener. Anyway Everlasting is going well. Like I said before everyone is on the ship. I’ve lost some of the momentum I had earlier but to be fair, I rushed everybody onto the ship where as I expected at least another day on the docks. So now a group is hiding inside the ship, while some characters are quickly trying to make a mutiny happen, and others are wanting to take control of the ship, while more still want to scuttle it.

It’s a little chaotic honestly. Five main characters, seven secondary characters, and an undetermined number of unnamed characters running around hiding from each other. I really just want the fighting to break out!

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Writing Time: NaNoWriMo 2013 #2, Everlasting #62

by on Nov.02, 2013, under Articles, NaNoWriMo, Writing, Writing Updates

Writing Session

Word Count: 1,702

Writing Session today was done from my parent’s couch, as I am visiting them for the weekend. They were kind enough to let me off from post Halloween cleanup chores to do my writing. The writing session was difficult and slow, admittedly. Despite knowing exactly what I was trying to write, I was finding it boring to write. I’m expect tomorrow’s to pick up considerably.

NaNoWriMo 2013

So I’ve made updates to the stat block.

Days Since Update: 1 [How many days it has been since I reported a word count update.]
Delta: +1,702 [How much I wrote over the span of the above days.]
Daily Average: +1,720 [The average words written over the days since I last updates.]

Prime Delta: +77 [The numbers words over or under the expected NaNoWriMo word count.]
Word Count: 3,410 [Total World Count written so far for NaNoWriMo
Remaining: 46,590 [Number of words remaining to win NaNoWriMo]

So NaNoWriMo is going well this year. Yeah I took me a few hours to get out my word count but good enough. I’ll do some serious crunching this coming week. Writing an outline with a word count goal is a little counter productive, because it is begging me to make my outline entries a little word heavy to add onto the word count, rather than just moving on into other scenes. I’ll have to watch that.

I spent some time thinking about what I was going to write today while I was driving. I’m not sure if it helped me get my writing done quicker but I knew in general what I was focusing on today. Since my writing session lasted longer than I wanted it to, I expect thinking about it didn’t help.

Buddy Watch

Buddies are off to a decent start this year. We have LacyJae, who did a respectable 450 on the first day. I happen to know she is traveling at the moment, so it is rather impressive she got it started, even if she didn’t make full word count. We also have CinsAngel with a whopping 2386 as of this morning, which will likely be updated again later tonight.

We have the great, or rather MightyMur, creator of the writing podcast I Should Be Writing, keeping a nice pace at 3430. Mur is almost making want to write a quiet extra 21 words just so I can say I’m beating her.

Our winner for this entry though, is probably no surprise, but Sithwitch13, a member of an online writing group I’m vaguely apart of and regular participant of NaNoWriMo who, if memory serves me, constantly kicks everybody’s butt when it comes to word counts.

Everlasting Update

Novel Word Count: 138,163
Outline Word Count: 27,891 (+1,708)

Today’s writing was focused on what I’ve considered the end-game. I’m at the climax. Everybody is now on the giant airship, and they’re planning the downfall of the big bad. I’m not completely happy with how these scenes are going but I’m ignoring that for now. I’ll fix that in editing. It mostly requires some better build up for my on-the-ship-from-the-beginning storyline character that I just didn’t work into previous scenes. NaNoWriMo is not the time to fix that however.

The end is in sight peoples!

Editing & Critiques

Basement – On Hold

Other Projects

MTGOrg – On Hold.

Free Write – Hiatus.

Station – Pre-Editing. Hiatus.

Matrix – Hiatus.

Gerald – On Hold.

Reconfigure – On Hold.

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Writing Time: NaNoWriMo 2013 #1, Everlasting #61

by on Nov.02, 2013, under Articles, NaNoWriMo, Writing, Writing Updates

NaNoWriMo 2013

Word Count: 1,708 [+47]
Total Word Count: 1,708
Remaining: 48,292

Guess what? I’m still insane! And my brain hates me. Why? I’m doing NaNoWriMo! Sorry I didn’t announce it before now. I wasn’t actually completely sure I was going to until I sat down Friday afternoon to do it. Some of you may remember the mostly failed attempt during the summer but I have higher hopes for an actual attempt this month. Well I do now on the second day. I didn’t think I’d make my word goal on the first day because it was a Friday and Fridays are horrible days to start anything productive on, in my opinion. But I made my word count!

I’m doing a modified NaNoWriMo this year. I’ll be focusing on finishing the outline of Everlasting, then working on the novel proper. If I finish the novel prior to hitting 50k, I’ll consider it success no matter what.

Writing Session

Word Count: ~1,708

Writing session was a pretty basic session. It was myself and Daniel at Blue Baker. We wrote for about two hours (plus food and light conversation) and I got pretty far on the outline.

Everlasting Update

Word Count: 138,163
Outline Word Count: 26,240 (+1,708)

Everlasting is definitely nearing the end game. I’m actually proud of some of the ideas I’ve come up with for the outline. Prior to starting NaNo I let myself get a little involved in editing the outline instead of just writing the outline but that has made me very pleased with what I have. For example Tigh’s amnesic background has ended up turning out really well towards the end, which just means I need to seed it better in the past when I do editing. I also managed to make every named character’s descent into zombie-ism meaningful both in death and in undeath, which I think is awesome. So anyway I’m pleased.

Editing & Critiques

Basement – On Hold

Other Projects

MTGOrg – On Hold.

Free Write – Hiatus.

Station – Pre-Editing. Hiatus.

Matrix – Hiatus.

Gerald – On Hold.

Reconfigure – On Hold.

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Writing Time: Everlasting #54, Camp NaNoWriMo April 2013 #7 (Day 16)

by on Apr.16, 2013, under Articles, NaNoWriMo, Writing, Writing Updates

Camp NaNoWriMo April 2013

Session Count: 1,407
Word Total:
 13,326 (delta: -2,674)

Today’s writing was a little halting. I added to a scene I wrote yesterday which got me about six hundred words rather quickly. Starting a new scene with a new set of characters, the rest of the words took a little bit longer but not as bad. I got to describe and introduce two new characters and I think I handled a slight info dump partially well by using it to help characterize the two new characters. Yay me!

Everlasting Update

Word Count: 134,757

We’re getting there. Our group of military types have what they need to take on entire hoards of zombies and get to their last bastion and my specialty character is informing the reader about a situation they are about to arrive in. My third group is engineering the seeds for how our survivors might actually survive and triumph during this mess. I’m nearly at the end!

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Writing Time: Everlasting #53, Camp NaNoWriMo April 2013 #6 (Day 15)

by on Apr.15, 2013, under Articles, NaNoWriMo, Writing, Writing Updates

Camp NaNoWriMo April 2013

Session Count: 1,695
Word Total:
 11,919 (delta: -3,081)

So yeah I had a busy weekend of not writing. Hence the negative delta. The NaNoWriMo website says I need to write 1,131 words per day to meet my goal, which sounds perfectly feasible, so that is what I’m going to do and likely then some.  I only wrote a little bit last Thursday, about two hundred words, and then wrote nothing until today. A small sabbatical I suppose. Still today’s writing session went very smoothly and interestingly. I had one minor hang up with editing but I wrote in about five hundred word chunks, only checking my word count twice.

Everlasting Update

Word Count: 133,350

Three scenes in a row about Armor. I like Armor. I like the idea of it. It doesn’t fit well in my story so I’m wondering if I’ll need to cut it. The idea is basically steampunk styled mechanical power armor. Like most weaponry in this world, highly deadly, but mostly used in ceremonial sport so it rarely kills anyone. Armor is primarily used for defense, or assaulting standing defenses, as it provides the wearer with an incredibly strength, endurance, and actual armor, but at the high expense of mobility. Actually thinking about it I should put some Armor in the airship camp. It actually is a decent anti-zombie weapon, as long as you aren’t too swarmed.

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Writing Time: Everlasting #52, Camp NaNoWriMo April 2013 #5 (Day 9)

by on Apr.09, 2013, under Articles, NaNoWriMo, Writing, Writing Updates

Camp NaNoWriMo April 2013

Session Count: 2,189
Word Total:
 10,224 (delta: +1,224)

So this entry encompasses yesterday and today’s writing sessions. Combined a grand total of over two thousand words. In reality I wrote only about eight hundred yesterday and the rest today. Today is my typical writing day. Yesterday I just didn’t have the time. Today I just wrote pretty quickly. So overall good sessions.

Everlasting Update

Word Count: 131,655

I’m finding that one of my plot lines seems “behind” the others. Or perhaps its that one of them is too far ahead of the others. Either way I’m writing a few more scenes for this plot line than the other. I’m actually onto three scenes without switching back to the other two, which is just how it’s going to go. I”m not going to worry about it. Editing is far in the future.

I’m finding myself thinking about my other unedited stories, now that I’m writing for Everlasting every day. Stupid other stories, trying to distract me!

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Writing Time: Everlasting #51, Camp NaNoWriMo April 2013 #4 (Day 7)

by on Apr.07, 2013, under Articles, NaNoWriMo, Writing, Writing Updates

Camp NaNoWriMo April 2013

Session Count: 2,448
Word Total:
 8,035 (delta: +1,035)

So I actually did today’s writing in two small sessions. One in the morning and one after lunch. I got a package in the mail of some stuff I ordered that I told myself I wouldn’t open until I got at least two thousand words. That really seemed to help motivate. Writing was also actually a little easier when I didn’t have an entire work day behind me but only a little. Now I’m a little over one thousand words ahead of my goal. So yay for a buffer!

Everlasting Update

Word Count: 129,466

Today’s scenes with the other two plot lines who aren’t quiet near the climax that the other one is. Or the penultimate climax I suppose. But they were far easier scenes to write. I’ve been thinking about Everlasting, and I suspect I’ve had this revelation before, but I’ve really been writing three novels at once. The three plot lines have characters that rarely ever interact, save at the beginning and end of the novel. I suspect my first real edit through of story content will be to perhaps write each plot line linearly, rather than writing each scene, to make it flow well. With the breaks I’ve taken between writing, and switching between scenes, I’m sure I have tons of continuity errors. Especially with people’s injuries.

So I need to plot all the major plot points which effect all three groups (major events that happen to the city) and then write each plot line linearly. I might even write each character point of view for every scene. That’s a lot of extra writing, since I’ll want to vary the POV, but it might be useful. I’m not sure. I’ve always wondered if maybe what I’m writing isn’t a novel but a series of short stories or novellas about what happened to people during one major event.

But for now, I just gotta keep writing till the end.

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Writing Time: Everlasting #50, Camp NaNoWriMo April 2013 #3 (Day 6)

by on Apr.06, 2013, under Articles, NaNoWriMo, Writing, Writing Updates

Camp NaNoWriMo April 2013

Session Count: 3,240
Word Total:
 5,587 (delta: -413)

So this is actually a combination of the last three days, of which I only really wrote on two of those days. Bad, I know. But now I’m only about four hundred words behind so I’m not feeling too bad. I have most of tomorrow to get some writing done as well, so I plan to catch up then.

The whole camp thing for NaNoWriMo doesn’t really seem to be working. My camp is kinda dead. I think if some more communication tools had been used other than just a small message board, this might have worked out better. Like an activity meter where you can challenge your cabin mates to long-term word wars or something? Simulate being at a camp and doing activities, except all the activities are powered by word counts. 

Luckily a friend of mine (who I didn’t get into a cabin with) made a Facebook group, which has actually worked out rather well. We’ve been mostly posting our daily word counts and sharing stuff, which has been fun.

Everlasting Update

Word Count: 126,998

I’m actually starting to run out of outline. I’ve gotten to the point where I’m needing to write an outline of my next scene after I finish my writing for the session, which is awesome in some ways, and annoying in others. But it also means I’m very very close to ending this novel! YAY! I think I’m going to throw a party when this is done. Yes I do think so. Any ideas what kind of party it should be?

Today’s scene was one of the groups of characters making it to the airship docks, which is apart of my end game. Now all that needs to happen is to get the other group to the docks, then everybody on an airship! Whee!

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Writing Time: Everlasting #49, Camp NaNoWriMo April 2013 #2

by on Apr.02, 2013, under Articles, NaNoWriMo, Writing, Writing Updates

Camp NaNoWriMo April 2013

Session Count: 1,047 
Word Total:
 2,347 (delta: +347)

Today’s session was better than yesterday’s. It only took me an hour to write a thousand but I still felt like I was forcing myself. There were some minor distractions so I’ll count this word count as a good success. I’m still positive!

Everlasting Update

Word Count: 123,758

Today’s scene was with Lee. It’s about half done from what I outlined and it went okay. We’ll see how tomorrow fairs.

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