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 I have a question. Over lunch I was stalked and attacked by my Plotbunnies. The vicious little beasts mauled me until I had finished typing out everything they were screaming at me. (Yes it is really rough and needs future editing) It totals 1,131 words. It's just one scene in a story in the same scifi universe as the one I'm currently writing in for my NaNo but it has nothing to do with the story. How do I classify this and does it count towards my daily writing count? Or does my count only apply to the story I'm writing for NaNo? It might be a scene for a FUTURE story in the same universe, but not the one I'm working on right now. Has this ever happened to anyone else?

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Date: 2014-11-04 05:38 am (UTC)
angrboda: Viking style dragon head finial against a blue sky (Default)
From: [personal profile] angrboda
I say count it.

NaNo is not really about producing something awesome in a month, it's more about producing the first draft of something awesome. Things are likely to get culled out of a draft anyway, possibly to be used later. :)

They are still words you wrote. At the very least you could keep them and count them if you otherwise have trouble reaching the goal in the end. If you reach 50K without any trouble, it doesn't really matter anyway.

I happily 'cheat' on my word count, because I take it as an opportunity to write rather to write something specific. Sure, I have a NaNo dedicated thing I'm primarily working on, but if the mood strikes me for something else and if it's still fiction, I count it.

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Date: 2014-11-05 05:52 am (UTC)
angrboda: Viking style dragon head finial against a blue sky (Default)
From: [personal profile] angrboda

You are welcome. :) The thing about NaNo is you have exactly as much leeway as you allow yourself to have, as they can't actually check what you've written anyway. I find the 'rules' more a set of guidelines, to be honest, and happily ignore some of them. Like for example, it says that you should always start something new each year, which lots of people ignore. I've heard this referred to as being a NaNo-rebel. :) So long as you're not just ending up with 200 pages of the word banana, you're good. :p

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Date: 2014-11-05 07:32 pm (UTC)
angrboda: Viking style dragon head finial against a blue sky (Default)
From: [personal profile] angrboda

Well, it's an honour system. :) Think of the logistics involved in having to check everybody's work, anyway. And it would mean you could only ever write in English, even if that wasn't your own language.

I don't know about a t-shirt though. I've done NaNo since 2004 (I think) and I've never got any such prize. What you usually get is a nifty graphic and a diploma that you can print out plus some other potentially useful things, like a host of coupon code for discounts to use with their sponsors, like for example the writing program Scrivener. That sort of thing. Not physical objects, sorry. Here's a list of what you get

If you donate money to the site, you can get things like that depending on how much you donate, or you can buy it in their shop.

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