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December 1st, 2005


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12:56 pm - The end of NaNoWriMo...for this year
Well, the alloted 30 days have passed. My novel stands at a slightly shameful 28,080 words. I had really hoped to get further on it.

Perhaps this will be motivation for me to actually do more next year, when I am planning to NaNo again.



1) I was right about writing without a detailed outline--I tend to ramble. Or at least, I let characters ramble on to each other. Occasionally that produces some fun stuff, but I know there will be cutting and pasting and moving around when I edit. Bleh.

2) I was wrong about not being able to write with a very sketchy idea of where I'm going. Which is a useful thing to know, frankly. As long as I have an idea of the ending and a few points I need to hit, my subconscious and I can get from A to B just fine.

3) I need to actually set time aside and stick to it. If I want to get anything done, anyway.

4) They say to bio even your secondary characters. That may be good advice, but oddly, my secondary characters gave themselves personalities. Especially narcotics cop Brock, who startled me first with his swearing, and then by the laid-back way he handled seeing Jim have a sensory episode. Heh.

5) Weird word combinations come out of writing this fast--I think "surprisingly synchronous" was the find yesterday. Totally not something Jim would think either.

6) I had a lot of fun.




Okay. I'm not quite half-way through the story, I think. There is still a good deal of plot to work through before we get to the climactic part of the story, and the angsty angsty ending (j/k). And I'm going to have to start working on my Finishathon story soon, plus I need to get back to working on my screenplay.

Maybe I'll try to keep working on it, off and on, through December. Because I'm kind of on a roll, and the more I write of the middle part, the easier it will be to eventually finish the thing.


Onwards!
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From:kerravonsen
Date:December 1st, 2005 11:11 pm (UTC)
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Always good to write while on a roll.

Finish-a-thon assignments are out.
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From:izhilzha
Date:December 2nd, 2005 12:04 am (UTC)
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Thanks for letting me know! *goes to check* Ah, as I thought, the masses demand Firefly fic. :-D

And I can see I need to get ahold of the New Who so I can appreciate yours!
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From:kerravonsen
Date:December 2nd, 2005 12:16 am (UTC)
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And I can see I need to get ahold of the New Who so I can appreciate yours!

Thanks!

Of course, getting hold of New Who is a good idea anyway (grin).

Since my story is an AU of the last episode, you'd probably have to watch the whole season in order to appreciate it properly... If you only have limited resources, you'd still have to see, at the absolute minimum, "Dalek", "Bad Wolf" and "Parting of the Ways" or it will be rather hard to follow the story.
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From:izhilzha
Date:December 2nd, 2005 01:49 am (UTC)
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*makes notes* Got it. :-)
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From:rose_in_shadow
Date:December 2nd, 2005 12:41 am (UTC)
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Congrats on making it more than halfway! :D

Be thankful that you're not burned out. Every time I sat down to write yesterday I kept thinking "after this is done, I'm not going to look at it for a month". I was seriously so sick of the darn thing. LOL. I've chisled it down to a week before I start revising and then I think I will take a break from writing fantasy (my novel's genre).

Keep us posted on your progess! Are you going to post it anywhere?
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From:izhilzha
Date:December 2nd, 2005 01:51 am (UTC)
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Believe me, I am indeed glad to have avoided the burnout. Though I think I was near it at a couple of points late in the game! :-P

I may post it once it's done--but who knows how long that will be? I've also had interest expressed in the idea by a Sentinel 'zine, so that too is a possibility (though less likely).
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From:mistraltoes
Date:December 2nd, 2005 12:52 am (UTC)
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Not shameful at all. That's terrific! Really, it's a lot of words for a first time. I barely got mine started, but that always happens to me. Maybe next year. :)
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From:izhilzha
Date:December 2nd, 2005 01:52 am (UTC)
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*cheers for next year* Maybe I'll actually do the required word count! *dreams big*

And your kind words do help. Thanks. :-)
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From:kizmet_42
Date:December 2nd, 2005 05:10 am (UTC)
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I had a dead character suddenly have a dead son.

B characters are an uncontrolled lot.
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From:izhilzha
Date:December 2nd, 2005 07:20 pm (UTC)
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*snerk* It's so true. Do you think everyone kills/lets die a character at some point during NaNo? I did, though it wasn't quite who I expected (C-character, when I thought it was going to be Brock, and it possibly should have been).
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From:jd3000
Date:December 2nd, 2005 05:14 pm (UTC)
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Hey, you put real effort in it. Nothing to be ashamed about.

-JD
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From:izhilzha
Date:December 2nd, 2005 07:20 pm (UTC)
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Awww, thanks, JD!
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From:amberdulen
Date:December 4th, 2005 03:19 am (UTC)
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Not shameful at all! That's a pretty massive chunk of text. :)

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