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phule1970
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Sounds like people have been energized. :)I was able to write 2691 yesterday between a work and life. I did go to a write-in last night and met some new people. I think it is a satisfactory first day.
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There comes a time every November when I break down and ugly cry from taking on too much. That day for me this year was Nov. 1st.

Not a good sign.

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I hear ya shimiqua! I am right there with ya! I just realized that the boutique I was supposed to be hosting in my less than 1k sqft upstairs of my home has 14 vendors. That is not going to fit in my house. I have spent the last two days figuring out logistics and trying to find a venue for rent!

I didn't hit my word quota for yesterday or today, but I got really close and I just have to pat myself on the back for even writing while I am this crazy busy. But I am not going to use this as an excuse to stop writing. I will meet the 50k goal.

Signing out tonight with 2765 words, prologue, chapter 1 and part of chapter 2.

Hersey, I wish I could write as much as you! 9686 seriously!? You are my inspiration.

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*blush* Thanks, Leetah, but honestly, keep in mind I don't have nearly as much going on in my life as you do. I've been watching your progress and seriously cheering. You're right to pat yourself on the back for keeping going, for getting some in every day. I know it can be hard, but even that much can be a total victory. [Smile]

-Julie

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Ha! Two days in I've changed my mind. I'm going to continue on the project, but not at NaNo pace. This is a very challenging character and I'm not going to be able to get into her head if I'm worried about word count. I know how I need to work and NaNo isn't it.

NaNo did give me a kick in the pants though, and that's a good thing.

Have fun everyone!

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Good luck genevive42!
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20,678. Not much of a life, do I have. My goal isn't 50K, though. It's 120K for November, so I still have a long slog ahead.
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Hey, I did some good work today. Almost done with chapter one with probably around 5900 to 6200 words in it. I did a shorter prologue also.


Probably still behind and I don't know what I will be working on at work. Chapter two maybe or and upcoming battle scene or ? We shall see.

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LeetahWest
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I added some good meat to my chapter 2 today and started chapter 3. (trying to stay around 2500 per chapter, some are still thin at the moment, but that will give me places to go back and plump up if I run out of steam in the story direction) I am shy 666 words of the minimum goal at this point, but all things considered I am feeling pretty good about it.
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I'm not even putting in chapters at all. I've got scene break marks, and I figure I'll go back through when I'm done and organize them into chapters.

I'm planning to put them into Scrivener eventually so I can move things around with the nifty little notecards if I want to, I just don't want to get distracted by messing with new software while I'm supposed to be writing.

Anything can distract me. It's a serious issue.

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Owasm
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I hit 30,000 words. I'm doing something new with this one, writing it chapter by chapter, but also alternating POVs with my two main characters, nearly chapter by chapter. I've ripped my outline to shreds as the story has just taken off and I'm barely hanging on.

Usually I write like RABirch does, with scene breaks and then I'll slip in the chapters as they naturally fall in the story.

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quote:
...It's 120K for November...
Good lord. My wrists cramped up just reading that.
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Argh!

Started with 20 lines for opener of chapter 1, but then skipped to chapter 2.

That's what happens when you haven't fully developed the characters but need to get to the start of the conflict and get the story arch rolling. I'll get back to chapter 1 with the mood and setting and character introductions when I get to know the characters better.

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I had a nice basic outline written for about 25 chapters, and a detailed outline written for the first 6 chapters. But like Owasm, that has all kinda gone out the window as my ideas cultivate. The bones of the story are still there, you know, the beginning and the end, but everything in between is being meddled with. I am having a hard time with the writing because the only chance I have to write is after 10:00pm and I start dozing by midnight. I wish this was easier. Next year I want a completely unscheduled November so I can write my guts out like I want to without being distracted and worried by 100 other things. Arg. Now that I have wasted precious time complaining about the time I don't have, I better write something!
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Doing a bit better, over the 11,000 word mark.

Probably still behind--I'll find out in a few minutes--but at least I seem to be doing over 2,000 words a day the last two days and should be close to that tomorrow.

Came back to say according to their new chart I am only one day behind now...predicted finish day is Dec 1 [Smile]

That chart is amazing and well done.

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Hit 50,080 in 7 days. Now I have to keep it up.
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If I keep going at my present speed I might end up over 50,000 words...not just a hunted or a thousand over. But we shall see..I need to send out some stories and revise my Q1 WotF story.
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Owasm, that is fantastic! I haven't had a chance to write the last couple of days. I am editing a story for a friend and doing illustrations as well. The editing has taken priority over everything else. Once that is done (hopefully today) then I will be able to get back to writing. I am now 6k words behind the minimum target goal, but I will catch up. I am determined to do this thing, regardless of whatever else is happening in my life.
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My NaNo Novel is coming along. Not quite as quick as I thought but still I'm close to if not over where I should be.

But I should have said this last time but Amazing Owasm. Someone else on NaNo forum I'm on is close to fifty but you beat even him.

I may still get mine significantly over 50,000 but not even close to what you're going for.

Had a moment when I had to think of some more Holiday myths, I have Santa Claus, Peter Rabbit, may have Mother Nature and the tooth fairy but I wanted a couple more.

Well, I came up with someone that is for Veterans Day and Uncle Sam.

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I hit 77K this evening and pretty much finished the story. I have a denouement that I'll likely finish tomorrow. I had a 7K word headstart that I didn't count for NaNo, so I figure the novel will clock out at about 85K before I jump into rewrites.

UPDATE: 11/12 -- Finished. 81K of NaNo words and nearly 88K of total words.

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Wow, congrats Owasm.


I would assume you are not the person who was going for 120,000 words. Still good going.


Mine has just reached the 20,000 word level. I'm back to being one day ahead. Lets see if I can make it two or three days ahead by the weekend.

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I hit 51.5k today. I'm about half way through the book, maybe a bit over. It's always so hard to guesstimate final word counts. Still, I shall carry on until the novel is finished. [Smile]

-Julie

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LDW2 - Ran out of plot. You've got to write the story that's in you and it wasn't 120K. [Frown]
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I'm at 6k I knew I wouldn't be going too fast since I have a ton of homework. But 6K is way more than I've written in a while so it's been great.
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Going to give this a try. My name is zwicker on the NaNo boards. Anyone, feel free to hit me up there. Never written before but I am going to jump into this with both feet and I will need help along the way for sure!! Its about time I spend some time doing something I have wanted to do for years now.

I am about 1/2 way behind already because I only joined today but with the next few days off I should be able to grind out a few thousand words.

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Welcome to the party, zwicker! You've got the right spirit, jumping in and getting started. [Smile] It's never too late for that. Well, maybe on December 1st, but then you can have December WriMo. [Big Grin]

-Julie

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well, well Heresy...good going to you too.


And Prye you can still do it. You have time but even six thousand words a week will still be good.


zwicker...welcome to the club and sounds like you're right on schedule.

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I posted 26,000 words tonight over half way goodie. [Big Grin]


Anyway...I just found out one of my favorite published writers is doing NaNo. I could have been one of her writing buddies if I had known. She doesn't expect to do 50,000 words but she wants to do the middle of her next book in Nov.

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Still going strong. But I will slow down tomorrow and Sunday. Got four crits to do. Two quick short ones and two longer more in-depth ones. The last two I will probably just start. And I need to read each story first.

Slight problem though:
I need a good reason for a group of people--of various types--for attacking my MC's friends. So far, even though he's been caught at the wrong time and place no one is after him specifically. But I'm not sure why the other attacks. This is well organized and probably taken years to plan but...why? I want to try think of a reason that is different. I know of a couple of the usual reasons but they are all cliche-ish or over used.

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Mistaken Identity? Racism? Some kind of sick cult ritual? Soccer hooligans? Zombie delusions? Drugs? Mind control? People trained as attack dogs? Random gang violence? People are just jerks sometimes? A deep seated discomfort in the populace that just happens to come to a head at that moment? Sometimes things just happen without any explanation? (okay that one gets filed under cop out.)

Yeah those probably fit into the realm of cliche, but I really enjoy just spouting things out.

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My MC's friends are a loose based group that fights people and animals from what I call the Otherworld(another cliche name that I need to change. Fairy and Fea--or far--are used a lot. Never-never has been taken already). That includes all the mythical animals, Elves, Fairies, and related peoples. Suddenly military units and Elven warrior groups are attacking people in this loose based group. It's quite possible they don't about my MC, since he tries to keep to the background and only joins with the others a few months out of the year. He's too busy the rest of the year.

The attackers are also fighting with a more organized group called the Protecters(yet another cliche but it might fit).

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I also need another word for Fea. or Fairy...Never Never is taken. I use Otherworld at the moment but that's cliche and used. At the bookstore I saw two different books that used Otherworld or OtherWorld. I really need a new one. I kinda would like something with Oz in it but that could be problematic.
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Upped my word count by over 2,100. Didn't want to stop especially with my MC just being attacked by a Troll with a huge battle-ax. Didn't quite hit 36,000 though. But its late.


I think at least some of this writing is my best, including the spooky scene that finishes with the Troll battle. I haven't decided for sure yet but I may have come up with a reason for the attacks. The idea is not all together original but it's not been used a lot either....I think.

Of course I add, I've thought some of my previous writing has been my best but four to ten critiquers-depending on the story-disagree. As do every editor I sent those stories to.

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Something I meant to say at the beginning but finally getting around to it--nice prograstination activity too--today.

Three years ago when I did this I made a new file for each day of writing. At the end I had to put them all together to turn it in and later to start revising it. When I sent one chapter to someone they found a missing space. I had fogotten to add one dayís file. I thought I was being careful and I thought I read through it.

Last year I decided not to do that and add a --- at the beginning of each new dayís writing. When I would go back to add something to a previous dayís writing I counted how many words and added them to the --- for the new dayís writing. thus 7---or 123---. I would delete the previous days line each new day even though when I started the revision process I discovered I skipped a day here and there. To count a dayís writing I scrolled back up until I found the --- and highlighted from all the new stuff.

This year Iím doing the same. I debated going back to the original method but decided it was too bulky so Iím doing the lines again. That can be a pain when I have to go back five plus pages to find it so I can count the new stuff. Sometimes I miss it and have to go back and try again. I stop and read sentences along the way to see if I wrote that one today or the day before but sometimes itís hard to recall when I wrote something.

I may have tried spaces inbetween the old stuff and new writing the first time I did NaNo years ago but that took time to find the spaces and to join the two parts and if I recall correctly I missed some of those too.

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Tonight I had to leave my MC in a cliffhanger, I don't know the answer to.


Parts of this book has been like reading one...I didn't know where it was heading until I got there.

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LDWriter2, why not take an existing word that is synonymous with Faiery and 'twist' it. In Tim Burton's movie, Alice in Wonderland, Epsilom tells Alice the she used to call it Wonderland when it's real name was 'Underland'.

In my story, one of my main characters is a shape-shifter. The inspiration for her character comes from the Valkyrie, but her 'people' are called the Way-el-Kree. And, yes, the similarity is intentional.

Phil.

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Thanks for the advice.

I will need to think about it. I think that is basically what Jim Butcher did with Never Never.


B'oz for OZ...don't think so but will think on it. See if I can come with something I like.

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And I'm just a tad under 40,000 words tonight in fact if I had known I was this close I would have written 14 more words tonight.

And I would have had it and more if I hadn't had to revamp a story I sent out tonight.

Four out today, one needed some work when I ran it through my proofreader.

One more thing:

Oh yes, I have an idea of why the bad guys are attacking everyone...better devlop it I only have one week to be sure of the reason.

And for some reason I want to get this novel up in the traditional way. Last year's is an Indie book maybe...the year before is for sure. A Non NaNo Novel (Say that one five times real fast) is going up the Indie way if I ever get it back from the reviewers.

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Guh, this is the second time I switched to first person. The last time wasn't that many paragraphs this time it might be a page and a half.

At least this time I had a reason....I'm finally reading Jim Butcher's "Ghost Story" in-between writing. All I will say about it is this could be his best writing yet and that along with it being FP places it in my mind when I start writing.

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Finished Chapter five tonight. But my MC is still being chased by Fairy Wolves in chapter six.


Not sure about Ch 7 though. Have to see what I come up with over night. It might be the last one. Where the bad guys are revealed, people rescued, and my MC returns to his day job. I do have some long chapters most are okay but I think I will be splitting up Ch 5. One would be around 1500 to 3000 words but that's okay even if all of my other chapters are 5,000 to 8,500.

I have three or four mini epilogues planned, or I might make that three or four chapters in one. That will add to my word count.

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Don't forget, everybody, that validation is now open for those who have reached their 50k (or exceeded). For those who haven't, there's still time to get there [Smile]

-Julie

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Yeah, a few have. I think two from here and at least two on the NaNo forum I'm a part of.
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Well, well the status page says I can finish tomorrow but I doubt I will quite get that last 2,666 words. Especially with that number. [Smile]

Anyway, 2,200 maybe. but it's going to be close because I have to finish it. I can get the words by Wednesday but not sure about the conclusion. I did want at least 5,500 but I would have to do that amount Thursday. We shall see, my MC is about to fight the bad guy who will tell him what this was all about. I know the ending... most of it but it's going to be rushed.

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Well, well I did it.

Even though I seem to be the only one reporting right now.

But I mean I got over 50,000 but I still need to quickly finish two scenes before I feed my novel to their computer for a double check. Well I guess I don't really have to but a novel does need an ending to be complete and I want both scenes at least done even if I have to go back and add some to really clarify things.

Don't think it will be over 55,000 as I hoped but still over. And hey I thought Thursday was the 30th but the Status page said I had two days, wow when I send it in tomorrow night I will be two days early not one.

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I finished my novel late last night, then collapsed, so now seems good for reporting. Still They Watch is complete (capping my Necromantic trilogy) at 107,615 words. That makes it officially the longest first draft I've ever written.

And, because I'm a glutton for punishment, now I'm going to start working on the outline of book 1 of my next project. That main character has been trying to distract me all month anyway.

-Julie

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Okay, its verified at 51,387 words.

Writer's Digest has a webinar on how to end a novel. I can say not like I did, even though it's only the last paragraph or so that is really bad. Some of the last scene needs some work but it's only that last little bit that was rushed too much.... or so I think.

Oops that is a worksheet not a webinar. Free worksheet
No epilogues yet and they will add estimated 2,000 to 6,000 words plus I need to go back and add a few sentences on two things I added toward the end, all will add words but I'm not sure about getting it to 80,000 plus. For some reason I want this one to be traditionally published. So I may do a revising month if they do one.

I also need a better Title "His Other Job" may not cut it even though it might. It's close.

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Ah December 1st. The beginning of the Post-NaNo era.

To everyone who reached 50k, congratulations.

To everyone who chipped away at the task yet didn't get to 50k, congratulations. Yes, you too. You wrote. You have more words than you did. That is victory, always.

If you didn't finish your novel, whether you reached the 50k or not, keep going (though a saner pace may prevail). Finish. That's the most important thing. Not how many words you wrote or didn't, not how long it took you. Finishing is what matters, because people want to read finished stories. You can't edit what you didn't finish either. So go on, sit down. Even though it's December 1st, sit down and type away. Finish that story, see it through to the end, whether that takes December or even beyond. Finish the stories you start. Cross that line at the end, write those most fabulous words, "The End." You'll be glad you did.

Happy December 1st everyone.

-Julie

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I said pretty much the same thing on the Hatrack NaNo forum even though probably only a couple of people read it.

So even though November is over and your didn't finish, go for it, it would still be good to write 'till the end.


I'm working on a couple of epilogues for my novel. I wanted to make sure I finished so I sent it in to be counted before I did those. I figure they--yes more than one--will add to the word count but probably only 4,000 to 8,000 words. And I will add a few more when I revise it. I added one or two things toward the end that I need to go back and suggest earlier. And it didn't hit me 'till almost the end but my MC needed to change some how or another. So he did, and now I have to go back and show what led up to that change. I included a couple of hints without realizing it.


As I said this one I want to try to get published the regular way. After I revise it--which I want to do this month maybe next too since I have other writing things to do--I will need someone to check for nitpicks. As I've said on other projects I've decided that the writing will take care of itself or not, I could spend months on trying to get it just right.

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Looks like NaNo is doing something to help the revision process along in January . Good I could use some of that...depending exactly what they say.

I am going to need a first reader when I finally get mine all the way done--I'm adding chapters and an epilogue. It might be around 70,000 but probably closer to 63,000 unless I can come up with an idea for a yet another chapter.

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Okay just finished one of two new chapters. Actually, its two chapters. I was typing along and reached a point where I said, "Hey that would make a good cliffhanger for a chapter break so I did.

I knew the next chapter would be short, I was right 1200 words but that's okay there is room for very short chapters.


So now the whole thing is approximately 60,000 words long. Even though I picture the last chapter I will do to be three to five thousand words, there is a possibility that the whole thing will be close to 70,000 words.

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