Dec. 1st, 2016 10:58 am

NaNo 2016

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I tried for NaNoWriMo again this year and didn't quite make it to the 50,000-word goal. I came in 3,406 words short but that still leaves me with $46, 954 more words than I had at the start, and is much closer than last year's effort, which came in at about 10,000 words short. Also, this year's effort has more of a plot to it - I just need to figure out how the monster connects to the mystery door connects to the mine and how I'm going to sort out the socially imposed power imbalance between the leads and the demands of their respective professions to keep them together. Oh, and how the magic one character apparently has fits in - I write stream-of-consciousness and sometimes it makes for interesting results. The time I had to edit the line 'falafel would be good for lunch' out of a training doc on my editing pass particularly stands out.
hoursgoneby: (NaNoWriMo2015)
Well, I didn't make it to the 50,00 word count. I came in 8k and change below it at 41, 619.

See what happens when you go outside and talk to people?

On the other hand, that's 41,619 words that I probably wouldn't have written otherwise, almost certainly not consecutively. It's also far above last year's attempt of 11K and giving up after the first week or so.

At least now I've got some time to catch up on other things: reading, finally playing Halo 5, finishing up the Christmas gifts I'm knitting. Two are ready for steam-blocking and final stitching, once I've got some buttons, and the third has a mistake that I'll have to unravel back to to fix. If I have time I'll try to make mittens for my brother's girls, although they're still quite young and might not appreciate something handmade. Failing that, it's educational toy/new book time again! Though honestly, the toddler probably won't care either way. I've noticed that holidays don't really start to have meaning for very small children till they're about four or so. While I'm knitting, I can finally catch up on all the subtitled stuff that's backed up on my Netflix queue! I can knit and read the screen at the same time, but even though I'm a touch-typist I always wind up reading what I type as I type it.

So there's December, and then January brings us the Fandom Snowflake Challenge again! Always look forward to that.
hoursgoneby: (NaNoWriMo2015)
Right, so that whole 'catching up thing'? Didn't so much work out. Am now about 8,000 words behind although that's still a slight improvement because yesterday it was 10,000 words.

At least I've made it further than I did last year? And I've got something resembling a plot, and the characters haven't argued with me over it. Yet, anyway. Even at that I think about half this thing is going to go once we do the January revision thingy. But if I can bash it into an acceptable shape my beta has a habit of returning correections that double my page count every time so all might not be lost.
hoursgoneby: (NaNoWriMo2015)
I'm 6,100 words behind the target word count for today. That's going to require some effort to catch up to, I think. Doesn't help that I get distracted by knitting but I've been stressed and knitting is soothing.

Has anyone ever used the voice typing feature in Google Docs? If that works well enough I could dictate AND knit at the same time. Not anything with a complicated pattern or anything but I've got some variegated yarn (all right, a lot of variegated yarn) that would look nice in plain stockinette.

Or I could just drink lots and lots of coffee.
hoursgoneby: (NaNoWriMo2015)
22. Have you ever participated in a fest or a Big Bang? If so, write about your favorite experience in relation to one. If not, are there any you've thought about doing? And if not, why not?

To Chain Together was written for Small Fandom Fest earlier this year, and I've done a few challenges through [ profile] lotr_community and one for [ profile] snowflchallenge. I've never signed up for a Big Bang, though I did look at [ profile] yuletide this year. It just looked like too much. I tried NaNoWriMo last year and it ended up falling apart because a) I didn't have the interest to write 1,667 or more words per day and b) the plot didn't make sense to the point the characters started to argue with me.

I don't know that there's a favorite experience. Not to say that fests and Big Bangs and such are bad, but I've been having a problem writing for the past couple of years and have had to pretty much force things out.  I'm hoping increasing my antidepresssant will help again, as it did when I first started them four years ago. Some people find themselves less creative on psych meds and that's completely valid, but it seems to work the opposite way for me. At least, I'm trying NaNo again this year (see the shiny icon!) and so far it seems to be going better. Far too early to tell, though, as we're only 3 days in.


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