Tag: Werewolf Zombie Steampunk

Writing Time: WZS #2, NaNoWriMo 2011 #2

by on Nov.02, 2011, under Articles, Exerpts, NaNoWriMo, Writing, Writing Group, Writing Updates

Word Count: 1,667 [0]
Total Word Count: 3,541 (Delta: +207)

So writing was a little easier today. I was just continuing the scene from yesterday. I didn’t find time to work on more outline, which is troubling, but I did have an idea of what to do next. So I’m not fumbling too much. Writing group isn’t as large as it was last year, with only two of us showing up physically, but we’re keeping each other going. Internet members are always hard to goad on, sadly.

Writing Buddies

A quick shout out to jagmunoz, laura_williams, and sithwitch13 for keeping up their word count on the NaNoWriMo webpage. I also have it on good authority that sigmad is only a few hundred words behind. A special not to sithwitch13 who has a whopping 5,441 words. Way to go and stop making the rest of us look like slackers! ;)

Excerpt

[spoiler show=”Click for Excerpt”]Zombies were not really all that dangerous individually even when they were fresh and they only got worse the more they ripened. The group that was covering on them was small compared to the hordes that used to throw themselves at the walls and most of them looked like they had been dead a long time. A zombie’s main advantage was that it took a large amount of effort to kill a single zombie. They seemed immune to pain and were unfatiguable. So while one person took the time to kill a single zombie, several more could easily just shamble up next to them and lunge. The second advantage a zombie had was that they were strong. One a zombie had a grip on someone it was often easier to cut off the zombie’s hand than to pry yourself away. The best tactics when taking on a zombie horde was to skirmish. Move in and attack and then move away. Keep moving so they have to follow you, attack when they weren’t prepared to lunge. This worked best in teams so each person didn’t have to worry about being ambushed.[/spoiler]
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Writing Time: Werewolf Zombie Steampunk (WZS) #1, NaNoWriMo 2011 #1

by on Nov.01, 2011, under Exerpts, Free Write, NaNoWriMo, Writing, Writing Updates

Word Count: 1,874 [0]
Total Word Count: 1,874 (Delta: +207)

(For the uninitiated, Word Count is how much I’ve written since my last update and the number in brackets is how many days it has been since my last update. Total Word Count is how many words are in my novel. Delta is how many words /should/ be in my novel by now, working off the formula of (Total Word Count – (1667*Day of the Month))

And so the insanity begins! Took me two and a half hours to get that written. I’m rusty. Also for account keeping I’m changing the working title I announced in an earlier post from Zombie Steampunk Werewolf to Werewolf Zombie Steampunk (or WZS) just for accounting purposes.

I don’t have the outline that I had for Zombie Steampunk/Everlasting, so I am starting out really rough this year. I don’t have the time to really write an outline tonight, so I might have to take a lot of extra time tomorrow and do some more fleshing out. Nothing like being under the gun! The Great Swampy Middle is going to kick my butt I’m almost sure of it.

Also Free Writes will be suspended for the length of NaNoWriMo. My apologies. I’ll try to write excerpts as much as possible so you have something vaguely entertaining to read.

Buddy Report

Nobody on my NaNo buddy list has updated their word counts so nothing to report there.

Excerpt

(continue reading…)

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Writing Time: Everlasting #34, Zombie Steampunk Werewolf (ZSW) #0, NaNoWriMo 2011 #0

by on Oct.12, 2011, under Articles, NaNoWriMo, Writing, Writing Updates

I am officially announcing my candidacy for National Novel Writing Month 2011. May everybody please have mercy on my brain.

I officially won NaNoWriMo 2010 last year. One of my friends then told me was the prize was that you didn’t have to do the following year. Some of you may remember that last year’s novel was the start of Everlasting, then called Zombie Steampunk novel, which still isn’t finished. And while I’m likely breaking a rule by participating in NaNoWriMo and writing something else that is not Everlasting before Everlasting is completed, I am hoping that writing something else, like my Free Writes, will help me find the strength to finish Everlasting’s first draft, which is well over 100,000 words and nowhere near done, which means something is wrong but that something can’t be fixed till I write the damn ending.

But enough about Everlasting. I will be participating in NaNoWriMo starting November first. For the uninitiated, NaNoWriMo is a month where in writers are challenged to write 50,000 words of a novel in thirty-one days, which equates to about 1667 words per day, give or take. This is a rather break neck pace for most writers who are not professionalism, have day time jobs, and like to do other things with their lives. It is a challenge hosted at http://NaNoWriMo.org that anyone can participate in. You’ll find me there under the user name Nojh (once the website is up and fully functional). Feel free to make me one of your writing buddies so we can keep track of each other’s word counts and try to motivate each other. NaNoWriMo organizes local events with coordinators in order to help people meet this challenge which I encourage you to try out because it turns out to be rather fun and very motivational.

NaNoWriMo usually requires some preparation. My first year back in 2009, I decided to start the day before NaNoWriMo began and while I eventually wrote somewhere around 36,000 words, none of it was actually a novel but instead a world bible for a novel. In October of 2010, after having not touched said piece of work for years, I decided to begin again and actually did some pre-planning and started writing the novel, and won NaNoWriMo. This year I’ve started planning even early (19 days!) and I’ve recently decided on a plot for my new novel. Let me give you a brief overview. (continue reading…)

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