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Day 17 - 13 days remaining


When you are describing,
A shape, or sound, or tint;
Don't state the matter plainly,
But put it in a hint;
And learn to look at all things,
With a sort of mental squint.


~ Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (Lewis Carroll)

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Is it time for a little word padding, Nano Writer?


For myself, I don't think of it as "word padding" but rather exposition and description, something that is necessary for a well-told story to come alive for the reader.

Of course, deciding how much description is required and what writing falls into the category of "purple prose" or excessive verbiage is a matter of debate and certainly at the discretion of the writer - at least for the story's first draft.

I say that if you're falling a little short or just need to warm up a bit before getting back into the thick of things, write a bit of description or back story! You never know - you might uncover a fascinating new aspect for your character or setting or even an exciting new plot twist - and you will never know, until you write it!

So Nano Writer, today's word count is 28,333! How is everyone doing today? Excerpts, comments, questions, a bit of purple prose? It's all good!

And as always - keep writing!

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Date: 2009-11-17 10:09 am (UTC)
geminianeyes: Star Trek- Logic does not seem to apply here. Nanowrimo (Logic not applying)
From: [personal profile] geminianeyes
I've been padding since Day 1. :P So far it's stood me in good stead, though I've been surprised at some of the plot twists that have taken. Word wars are wonderful, I've realised, to write scenes that need padding, especially opinion and meandering scenes, but they are not so good for action and intimacy scenes.

On another note, a word war two days ago for padding purposes has given me a delightful plot twist that I did not see coming at all. And my second FMC was shut up by the Queen she served. But it helped her escape her sister's wrath though, so I suppose it's good. XD

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Date: 2009-11-18 08:21 am (UTC)
geminianeyes: Is ded please send coffee (Is ded send coffee)
From: [personal profile] geminianeyes
Haha yeah. My inner editor has promised not to make any edits EXCEPT spelling, but she's already beginning to look for places to trim the words during edit later.

I kinda agree with her, which is unusual LOL.

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Date: 2009-11-17 12:15 pm (UTC)
juliet: My laptop on my desk in Sydney (freelance laptop)
From: [personal profile] juliet
Lots of rumination for my characters today! 28,677 words.

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Date: 2009-11-17 01:35 pm (UTC)
nightbird: Mucha illustration, young peasant holding scythe and grain (if you're not careful)
From: [personal profile] nightbird
Haha, last night I stopped at 24,977 -- SO CLOSE to halfway! But I realize I'm not terribly worried about being a day behind, because once I get to the climax I'm not going to be able to stop. And I just switched up my mythologies -- my characters are leaving a European setting for a Sumerian one. I'm psyched!

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Date: 2009-11-17 02:45 pm (UTC)
sashataakheru: (Default)
From: [personal profile] sashataakheru
Day 17 not quite over yet where I am, but I'm nearly at 35k. :D Might get to 36k if I'm lucky. :D

Progress so far: Craig has slept with Andrew (and all I got was the morning afterwards, denying me a sex scene, the bastard), and now he's charming his way into becoming Charles' lady friend and acquiring the pretty clothes he desires. *sighs* There's no outwitting him sometimes. -_- That said, he does look good in a dress, so I can hardly complain. XD

And now I'm trying to decide if I should just keep referring to him as Craig and male, or switch to his female persona, Lady Krishna (No, really, this is why I don't usually let my characters name themselves. XD)

In other news, I rewrote the initial scenes with the time travellers and now they're happily camped in with the Dissenters. And my magician Ulysses is being a difficult little brat by going from part of the world to someone who got sucked into the world as a kid and couldn't get back, someone who one of my time travellers knows. Cue epic reunion type thing that, for once, didn't end with sex. There was kissing though. *slashy brain is slashy XD*

I suppose this is the downside of not planning anything. All sorts of random things like this turn up out of nowhere. Ah well. It's still epic fun anyway, so we'll keep going to see where this all ends up. :D

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Date: 2009-11-17 02:46 pm (UTC)
xyndarella: (reflections: stormy sky over water)
From: [personal profile] xyndarella
I did a bit of padding when playing catch up after the inner editor made me do bad things. However, I tend to be a descriptive writer by default so my word padding was in the category of character backgrounds for the protagonist, her allies as well as covering some of the geography and history. They aren't necessarily very important in regards to being in my story, but I believe it's vitally important information that I probably should have considering while plotting my plot before I started. Now it's something of a valuable reference.

I'm actually getting ahead again, so my word count is presently 30,165. I would have liked to have done more today, but most of my afternoon was spent debating about whether or not a storm was going to hit, which had me putting off doing chores and yard work.

Personally, I think erotic writing would make reaching the 50k mark so much easier. I could probably just write the sort of smut that becomes the story line in a porn flick, but I've been doing my best to avoid going there. Very early in my starting chapters, my protagonist falls into bed with her former lover and I took the 'fade to black' approach to end that scene, rather go into graphic detail. For one, I rather dislike the unreal notions of lovemaking that you get in romance novels, and second, I would rather let the reader's imagination dictate just what it is that my characters are doing.

I'm very happy with my word count before I head to bed and I hope that I get some inspiring dreams which could spice up the chapters that I take on tomorrow. Ooh, does anyone else do that? Have really fantastic dreams that you never want to wake up from but they inspire you to just write write write?

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Date: 2009-11-18 01:40 am (UTC)
geminianeyes: Ready, set, write! (Ready set write!)
From: [personal profile] geminianeyes
Someone once told me that if you feel yourself getting hot writing an erotic scene, then you'd be writing it right. Just a thought, and I really applaud your willpower in not writing such scenes.

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Date: 2009-11-17 08:55 pm (UTC)
eien_herrison: Adam and Iris, two sims from Cresdale, dressed in hiking gear and kissing (NaNoWriMo 09)
From: [personal profile] eien_herrison
Just hit 37k, hoping to get to 40k by the end of the day, but the plot I had planned out ran out five pages early -- I'm now trying to bulk it out with extra information. If I manage to get this current chapter finished, I'll have gotten 40k. If I manage that, I'll start plotting out the next chapter.

I've not gotten to the point of padding yet; I'm trying to avoid writing unnecessarily long sections which I'd have to excise when I edit the work. also been reading some other fics in the same fandom to stop my interest lagging, although it has given the effect of making me want to write a few chapters in advance. Given that I'm on chapter nine and have just finished re-doing episode five, it might be a while before that chapter appears.

Currently all the agents are back home, and the main character is about to talk to his partner about the last terrorist they've encountered: a mimic who can impersonate practically any woman, and has already impersonated his girlfriend and his partner.

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Date: 2009-11-17 10:39 pm (UTC)
tachycardiac: (Default)
From: [personal profile] tachycardiac
I just crossed the 30k line, and I'm thinking that may be as far as I get, today, though I still have several hours of day light left. I'm thinking I just need to let this sit for now and step away from it, lest I drive myself completely around the bend. The motley crewed has picked up another space adventurer, this one a sort of modern Medusa/shaman. I really can't explain this story in any succinct, rational-sounding way. It gets weirder and weirder and weirder, and the weirder it gets, the more I enjoy it.

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Date: 2009-11-17 11:54 pm (UTC)
twistingthetale: Found via a Google search (Default)
From: [personal profile] twistingthetale
I'm finished for the day on 33721. Tomorrow brings the start of Chapter 12 in which we learn more or less everything there is to know about Alexander (my male vampire protagonist). Chapter 11 finished with a rather long dream sequence for Kate, who's currently trying to decide whether or not to move into the safe house that the police have got ready for her.

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Date: 2009-11-18 04:35 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] sonjadenise
I've been so tired lately...came home, slept for 5 hours, got up to eat dinner and work on my NaNo, and I'll be ready to go to bed again in another hour. But I got to 30,028 words today and got this chapter out of the way. It was kind of hard to deal with, since it's transitionary and skips over four years. Hopefully writing speeds up again as I approach the mid-point and start breaking hearts left and right.

My relationship with Haimua was not the only one that underwent a transformation over that period. With time, Kabu and I could only come to share more about each other, and he continued to express in everything he did how he felt about me. Though I liked him and enjoyed his company, I had difficulty categorizing my feelings as the kind that Haimua had warned me about. But Kabu never pressed me to reciprocate—or perhaps he thought I already did—and I never felt the need to tell him otherwise.

I can’t say when, exactly, that changed. I only distinctly remember a period of feeling that way, and then a period where I thought I might die if he left the Temple without me and it felt as though it had always been the case.

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Date: 2009-11-18 05:15 am (UTC)
dragonscrawl: (NaNo 2009: Infinity's Rise)
From: [personal profile] dragonscrawl
Things are still moving along slowly, but I did hit 33k today. I'm going back and attempting to add details in I left out previously. Who knows? I might even think up a new scene or two along the way.

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Date: 2009-11-18 05:16 am (UTC)
insomniac_tales: (Glomp)
From: [personal profile] insomniac_tales
I'm at 35k today.

Truth be told I've hardly started the story. This is all exposition to me, getting the characters to where I want them, building relationships instead of assuming that they formed and taking my time winding the story up toward something.

I think my issue now is that I'm really not sure what that something is and as I'm growing closer to it I'm wondering what to write next.

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Date: 2009-11-18 09:53 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] wyrdkat
I felt like it was a slow writing day for me today but it really wasn't. I wrote about 2500 words today and am at 35,246. I think it felt slower because I have been writing soon after I get up and today I didn't start until well into the afternoon.

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