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Day 14 - 16 days remaining


Don't edit as you write. According to right brain/left brain students, your right brain allows you to dash off stuff uncritically. Let the right brain help you get a chapter or so written, then at a different time, let your left brain loose to edit.

- Cynthia Riggs

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Stop! Take your finger off that backspace key! Drop that eraser!


Here's a great tip that Nano Writer [personal profile] withorwithoutyou shared the other day:

Hey, hold up on the re-writing, leave the words there, but if you don't like them set the font for that section as white. You won't have to look at it, and you'll keep that whole inner editor thing from going haywire.

This is great advice! I've also been known to cut and move bits of writing to the end of a document to "think about later." More often than not, I've gone back to it and pulled parts out to add back in. Sometimes you just need a little time and perspective to give the "drek" the proper cut and polish to make it shine. And then sometimes it turns out to be garbage.

The point is that now is not the time to be making that decision! This is our mantra for the month:

It's All Good!


Today's word count is 23,333! Good and bad! All of it! How are we doing? Excerpts to share? Tips? Comments? Questions? Let's hear it!

And remember: Keep Writing!

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Date: 2009-11-14 04:20 pm (UTC)
juliet: My laptop on my desk in Sydney (freelance laptop)
From: [personal profile] juliet
23,418. So still on target - if only just! But today was another "oh god this feels slow" day, so I'm just pleased that I am still hitting the limit.

In an ideal world, I'd write first thing - I've found that that's my best option for feeling positive about it (& setting up the rest of the day in a positive way). Doesn't always happen though...

I agree re the above comments on write first, then edit. If I'm looking back at a previous section & something leaps out, I'll correct it; and if a sentence immediately looks wrong as I'm writing & I have a better replacement, I'll rework it on the spot, but mostly I'm focussing on just keeping writing, and I'll edit it Later. After November. Sometimes the stuff that feels dreadful at the time turns out better than you thought, IME.

And an extract! From one of the Stuart's-point-of-view chapters (warning: as per above, unedited):

I really don't do lists. That sort of organisation? Not my thing. It all feels a bit too regimented for me, you know? I prefer to go by what I feel like doing at the time.
The trouble is, sometimes what I feel like doing at the time is nothing, and then, sometimes, over the long term? That doesn't work out so well. So, yeah, I was up for trying out Lin's list. Even if her organisation did make me twitch a little bit.

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Date: 2009-11-14 04:30 pm (UTC)
lassarina: I'm not coming out until the stupid people have gone away.  ....I can wait all day. (Default)
From: [personal profile] lassarina
I pretty epically failed at writing yesterday - only managed 200 words. today I'll do better, once I get Paying Work out of the way.

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Date: 2009-11-14 04:47 pm (UTC)
sashataakheru: (Default)
From: [personal profile] sashataakheru
Huzzah, I wrote another 3k today. :D I'm up to 28,777. :D

And, true to fashion, my muses totally ruined the scene I was writing by having my bratty little thief (Craig) exposed for who he really is, a runaway princess. He had been opening some chests once owned by my MC Andrew's grandfather, who was a magician, and the last one was (apparently) booby-trapped with a spell that would reveal a person's true identity if they tried to break into that particular chest in case they were trying to trick the chests into opening by being someone else. And, well, it backfired on my poor thief and he ended up being a she. He was most displeased, and I am pondering now how to deal with this. (At least it happened; there was a time when I wasn't sure I would reveal it at all.)

So, in light of this, have an excerpt from that scene. (Unedited, etc.) William is Andrew's brother.

Andrew rushed over to him as he lay against the wall, winded badly. William knelt beside him, curious as to his wellbeing. Their cause for concern was not just because Craig had been blasted with magic. There was something odd about his appearance. His body was not quite the same shape, and his hair had lengthened a little, as if the magic had tried to transform him into a woman but the magic was not complete and had only half-worked.

"I... Ohhhhh, I'm sorry, sirs. I hardly thought it would do that," Craig said. He thought he sounded as tired as he felt, and he could manage no more than a raspy whisper.

"Are you alright, Craig? You look... different," Andrew said.

"Different? How? I don't have coloured hair, do I?" Craig said, a hand reaching up to feel his hair.

"Can you stand? I feel I ought to show you," Andrew said.

"I-uh, maybe. Gimme a hand?" Craig said.

Andrew and William helped him to his feet and helped support him as they walked him over to the floor-length mirror Andrew had shunted away in a corner. Craig gazed at his appearance in horror. It could not be true, not after all these years. His clothes were torn, and his skin blackened in places, and he reached a hand out to touch his reflection, just to see if it was real.

"No. Not now. It can't be," Craig whispered.

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Date: 2009-11-15 03:05 am (UTC)
geminianeyes: Cute sisters from PW as kids (Default)
From: [personal profile] geminianeyes
This sounds like it has the makings of a really fun romp. :D

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Date: 2009-11-15 06:21 am (UTC)
sashataakheru: (Default)
From: [personal profile] sashataakheru
Ya. Craig's still undecided if he wants me to keep him male, or keep him female. I'm pondering leaving him female, just to annoy him. XD

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Date: 2009-11-15 06:45 am (UTC)
geminianeyes: Admire my madness... I said admire! (Madness)
From: [personal profile] geminianeyes
Hehehe! :D Torture is always good. :D

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Date: 2009-11-15 10:53 am (UTC)
sashataakheru: (Default)
From: [personal profile] sashataakheru
Oh, yes, because he won't get to wear pretty clothes, and it will irritate him immensely. XD

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Date: 2009-11-15 11:14 am (UTC)
geminianeyes: Star Trek- Logic does not seem to apply here. Nanowrimo (Logic not applying)
From: [personal profile] geminianeyes
8D That makes PERFECT sense! :D

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Date: 2009-11-15 11:18 am (UTC)
sashataakheru: (Default)
From: [personal profile] sashataakheru
Yes, Craig's awesome like that. Doesn't mind being a woman if it means he gets to look gorgeous. (He's a little vain, did you notice? XD) Denying him that will be lots of fun. >:D

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Date: 2009-11-15 02:33 pm (UTC)
geminianeyes: Admire my madness... I said admire! (Madness)
From: [personal profile] geminianeyes
I admire your madness. :D I really do.

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Date: 2009-11-15 02:35 pm (UTC)
sashataakheru: (Default)
From: [personal profile] sashataakheru
Where's the fun in being an author if you can't be mean to your characters from time to time? XD

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Date: 2009-11-15 02:36 pm (UTC)
geminianeyes: Ready, set, write! (Ready set write!)
From: [personal profile] geminianeyes
<333

I lub you.

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Date: 2009-11-15 10:55 am (UTC)
sashataakheru: (Default)
From: [personal profile] sashataakheru
Thanks. Yeah, quite pleased with the word count. :D And, well, Craig will cope. XD But it's coming along nicely, so I'm very happy with that. :D

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Date: 2009-11-14 11:36 pm (UTC)
twistingthetale: WHR 4 by <user name=umidesign site=livejournal.com> (Bad Day)
From: [personal profile] twistingthetale
Today I just wanted to finish the first of the very long chapters, which included Kate's bad day from yesterday's tally. Now that it's finished I'm on a total of 26834, which is roughly 1800 words for today. Tomorrow I'll start a new (long) chapter, and poor Kate's life is about to go from bad to worse ....

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Date: 2009-11-15 05:15 am (UTC)
dragonscrawl: (NaNo 2009: Infinity's Rise)
From: [personal profile] dragonscrawl
Passed 28k today and added a bit more back to my buffer in the process, so I'm feeling pretty good right now. I'm still struggling with one of the remaining chapters, but fortunately it's one where I can ignore the details of to write the ending (which it turns out I am so inclined today).

Excerpt:
“I think I underestimated you somewhat, Kit.”

Words like that instantly put Kit on the defensive. “How so?”

“Didn’t think you were that loyal to Sam.”

That hadn’t been what she’d expected him to say at all. She lashed out reflexively, too used to her skills being questioned on the basis of her gender. “What, no comment about how the engine room’s no place for a woman?”

“Be a foolish thing for me to say.” Breckenridge turned away from her for a moment, but then turned back with a small jar of ointment in his hand. “Met my wife on an airship, and it wasn’t in the mess or the ward.” His voice had stuck for a moment midsentence, but Breckenridge pressed on anyway.

And that sounded like an interesting story. “What’d she do?”

Now he looked like he was sharing a secret. “Aideen was an engineer.” Wasn’t that interesting, Kit thought. Breckenridge captured her burned hand in one of his. “Hold still so I can put this on. Help it heal, since I know you engineers won’t stop when there’s flying to be done.”

Probably was more the burn than the ointment, but something hurt as Breckenridge rubbed the ointment into her hand. Seemed pointless to say it, but might as well anyway. “Ow.”

“Only hurts because I’ve got to treat something you could well have avoided, Kit.” Humor lit his green eyes as he added, “Stupid should hurt. Now let me look at the other hand. Bet you smashed at least one finger in sheer haste.”

And here she’d thought he wouldn’t think to check that. Kit guessed that, if his wife had been an engineer, he’d seen her do the same back then. With ill grace, she held her other hand in his direction. Time here was time with her crew, and more importantly her engines, not under her watchful eye.

Finnian had a firm grip on her hand before she could blink. “As I thought.” He spoke as he examined her fingers. “There were some sort of gloves Aideen used to wear. Didn’t cover the fingers, but did cover the main part of the hand. She said they kept her hands from getting burned as much. Judging by that burn I just tended, you probably need a pair.”

Kit had no plans to stop working with the engines even if she had no gloves. “Maybe I do, but I’m not stopping my work just to avoid a few burns.”

“Wouldn’t expect you to.” At her dubious expression, he said, “That never stopped Aideen either, which is why I’ll see if I can remember what those gloves were like and get you a pair when I can.”


And in posting the excerpt, I found a spot to throw in an additional word.

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Date: 2009-11-15 05:53 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] wyrdkat
For day #14 I did 3,575 words bringing me to a total of 30,058. I've been getting a bit driven and obsessive about word count lately. Day 15 will be a low word count day though because Sundays are game day (table-top role playing games)for us here.

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Date: 2009-11-15 07:00 am (UTC)
withorwithoutyou: (highway// another soldier on the road)
From: [personal profile] withorwithoutyou
*blinks, rereads post* Huh. Cooool. xD
I can't take full credit for that though, I'm fairly certain I read it somewhere, but the where is what's escaping me. I really should keep a file of this stuff.

Today ended up being mostly plot exposition, but one of the smaller conflicts I was looking for popped up, and it fit in so much better than anything I could've planned out in advance. I count today a win, especially since I didn't get started writing until 10:30 and still managed my goal before midnight.

How's yours coming? Any progress against the dark forces?
Sorry, sorry I'll be good. Or at least try xD

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