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    Default Re: No plot, No problem- the NaNoWriMo thread 2012

    While I'm not officially participating in NaNo, since I already started the latest project before I knew about this, I am using it to inspire me to write write write :) Very cool to see all the word counters in this thread. I'm at about 10k right now, I think.
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    Quick question from a NaNoWriMo newbie, but how to you make those word count thingies in your signatures or the like?
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    you find them under "fun stuff" in the main page, and then "widgets".

    They tell you how to use them there.
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    Almost at 10k. I've narrowed the lead of the person I'm chasing down from a solid 5,000 words to 3,500. Makin' progress.
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    Passed ten thousand just now, it feels really good. I've never really written any one story this long before, so even if I don't make it too much past this it'll still be a milestone for me. So far I've accomplished everything I wanted to, and I think this is really helping my confidence for writing.
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    About 1500 words now. I have now two men with guns bursting through the door, attacking each other. I think I might be developing running gags in order to cover up how lost I am with this plot.
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    Well, as feared I missed my quota for the first time yesterday (Monday = busiest day of work, Sunday = busiest day of not-word), albeit not as badly as feared (1609 vs 1667), putting me at 11074. It is definitely getting harder now that I'm out of the pre-planned material (I'm a planner by nature, it's both my strength and weakness & not just in writing).

    I had hoped to get closer to 18k before trying to bring my two major plot threads together, but it's looking like it's going to have to start sooner than that.
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    So, to recap: after missing the first two days entirely, I wrote just 2.2k in the following three. The joke "Wait... I am definitely behind according to the schedule... will I catch up by going slower than anyone else? Oh yeah!" popped often in my mind.

    On the other hand, I got 1.9k today, and the day isn't over yet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eldan View Post
    About 1500 words now. I have now two men with guns bursting through the door, attacking each other. I think I might be developing running gags in order to cover up how lost I am with this plot.
    Go on! I must say it looks pretty good from this side of the fence. I can totally see many many ways it will be interesting.

    But as always, the writer looks at his own work most critically. You see all the flaws that no one else ever sees, the poor word choice and plot holes are all laid bare.

    ...
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    I need to write at least 1775 words to not fall behind any further. I'm aiming for 2k or 3k. It would help if I weren't ill.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bluewind95 View Post
    I need to write at least 1775 words to not fall behind any further. I'm aiming for 2k or 3k. It would help if I weren't ill.
    Way behind my planned target for reaching 75k, need to catch up with a series of days in excess of 2.5k... would help if I had less that needed doing and couldn't be put off.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jseah View Post
    Go on! I must say it looks pretty good from this side of the fence. I can totally see many many ways it will be interesting.

    But as always, the writer looks at his own work most critically. You see all the flaws that no one else ever sees, the poor word choice and plot holes are all laid bare.

    ...
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    The problem is tihs. I have a sort-off interesting detective, and a totally cliché start of a case. But no idea what the case is.
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    Okay....5387 written today at one write-in. I don't know that I'm going to hit 100k like I wanted to, highly unlikely actually, but this makes me feel like I might actually finish. Just need to make sure I go to, say...4-5 of these a week.

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    I scraped a biiit more than 2k today, and I am behind less than 2k words. If I can keep up like this, I should catch up soon... and maybe get ahead a little!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eldan View Post
    The problem is this. I have a sort-off interesting detective, and a totally cliché start of a case. But no idea what the case is.
    A woman's father is involved in a gangwar that goes deeper than just two rival gangs. In a modern fantasy of a crime ridden city, a detective of unusual parts must dive into the underbellies and in the process uncover the terrible truth of what happened to her father.

    Something lurks beneath the surface of "yet another" spat between crimelords. Something dark.

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    Not great progress today. I was busy playing a D&D oneshot, being a Dragonborn Pirate Captain and shouting shanties in character with the rest of my crew.

    So my voice is shot, AND my friend has widened her lead back up again. Gotta keep movin'.
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    Assuming you can hit the word quota consistently, how long does it take you peeps daily? (on average)
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    Four hours. But I am trying to write at a higher quality than my first Nanowrimo.

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    I've been writing quite quickly averaging about 40 minutes for my words every night.
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    Assuming I can keep writing at a constant pace, less than 2 hours.

    Problem is that I can barely keep the constant pace.
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    2800 words now. Don't think I ever did that much writing in a day. For fiction, at least.
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    Oh gods, okay. I just told my friend I'm going to be catching up to her lead by Friday. She writes about 2.5k each day, and has kept a solid 5000 word lead on me since I started two days late, and we've otherwise kept pace almost perfectly.

    ...It's about to be a hell of a two days.
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    I am almost back on track! 662 words behind the target. Tomorrow should bring me back on track! I'm still awake, so I might even get a few words done. Then I should be good for starting the actual day with the correct number. GLEE!
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    It is an increasingly satisfying feeling to keep finishing my words as I have less and less idea of what I'm talking about. Today was mostly dialogue, but I think I'm stretching here and need to get in some real meat before I grow bored with it.
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    My lead has completely evaporated as it dawns on me i have to do actual work on occasion. Wrote a lot of fun dialogue overnight while watching the election, sample below.

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    Week One Examination of "Genjutsu".

    So, it turns out I hadn't properly added one day's word count into my total, meaning I'm better off than I thought (~17k). I'm easily going to make my self-enforced rule about not bringing the two halves of the story together until at least 18k words. Right now I'm about 3.25 days ahead of quota.

    The psionic plotline ("One guy suddenly develops psionic/genjutsu powers...") has had the lead ovder the shinobi plotline ("...in a Naruto-esque world, minus eye-hax and tailed beasts."), although when I did the math it wasn't as wide a gap as I'd thought. Of note, I seem to have discovered the story's "Shikamaru", or the secondary character who is getting more screentime than expected - and she's under the psionic half of the plotline.

    Still, there is a gap and it harkens back to the original issue with the shinobi plotline -- I've got what I feel is an interesting world, but not the characters or story to tell there. I'd say two-thirds of the word count that have gone to it are the info dumps.

    So for week two, I'm going to try and concentrate on the shinobi plotline and get some characters going (before this morning, the character intended as the #2 character in that plotline hadn't even gotten a word of dialog yet).
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    Catching up: SUCCESS!
    Getting a bit of a lead: SUCCESS!

    Okay, this is going a bit better now!
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    Victory! 20043. Over my friend's 20022. I have closed the gap.

    ...I'm taking a break.

    For like an hour.
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    I have 21263 words. Yay for my open office having a word count feature.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Illven View Post
    I have 21263 words. Yay for my open office having a word count feature.
    Bear in mind that open office tends to give a higher word count than the validator on the NaNoWriMo website.
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