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.
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Fandom Snowflake Challenge bannerOh, man, we're past the halfway point already? :(

Day 09

In your own space, set some goals for the coming year. They can be fannish or not, public or private. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

  • Get at least 2 more fanworks done than I did last year. I miss being creative.

  • Get some original fiction written. I actually did fairly well on that last year, coming in around 40k words in NaNo. The world isn't as developed as I'd like and the plot wasn't strong enough to hold an actual book together, but hey! 40k is nothing to sneeze at.

  • Learn to knit socks. I have a sock started, I just got distracted with dice bags. :P They're so easy! Plus, if I can knit socks I can knit stockings and I'd really like a pair or three of pretty, lacy, stockings.

  • Find a job. Easier said than done in a province with an unemployment rate hovering around 9%.

  • Meet or exceed my Goodreads 2016 challenge. Well on my way so far, but it's early days.

  • Get back into scale model building. We've got a workroom and an air booth set up, I really don't have any excuses!

  • Be better about commenting. [ profile] just_ann_now linked me to this post on commenting and it made me feel much less nervous about leaving short comments. It's also got suggestions for things you can leave, which is great if you're like me and you go 'but what do I sayyyy!' before losing your nerve and clicking away, vowing to come back - really! Kudos are lovely to get too, mind, but sometimes I want to leave words.

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.
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29. What is your current project or projects?

NaNoWriMo. I keep telling myself I'll get the word target for the day done and then maybe switch to something else but it's actually quite difficult to write 1,667 words per day which is annoying because I used to be able to write 2-3,000 per day no problem. Plus I fell behind a couple of days and it was hard to catch up.

Still. ~1,667/day while waiting for the increased antidepressant dosage to kick in is better than 0/day without them. (For me, at least. This is not true for some people, please don't say to someone 'you'll be more creative if you take your meds!' Might not be true.)

Next year I think I'll start with a structured outline instead of stream-of-consciousness and see if that changes anything. Well, and for anything I might write in between. It's not like I wait till November to write stuff.
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25. Music – Do you listen to music while you write? Do you make playlists to get into a certain "mood" to write your fic? Do you need noise in general? Or do you need it completely quiet?

Sometimes, sometimes not. I don't have playlists right now (since Grooveshark shut down and I'm still building up on Spotify and Windows Media Player) but I'll often just put a whole album in and let it play. I do like to have some background noise when I'm working. Netflix is great for that: I can marathon a show (How to Get Away With Murder S1 right now) and just type stream-of-consciousness while I'm half distracted.

What I can't deal with is frequent interruptions: phones, timers, people trying to talk to me but coming and going at intervals just long enough to derail my train of thought.  Especially if they're coming and going but on the same topic. For the love of god, put together your thoughts, decide what you have to say, and then come tell me.
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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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17. Titles – Are they the bane of your existence, or the easiest part of the fic? Also, if you do chaptered fic, do you give each chapter a title, or not?

Bane, definitely! I try to use something descriptive or a line taken from the fic and I always do titles last. Most of my stuff in progress is saved under things like 'challenge fic #X', 'so-and-so go to/in *wherever*', '*something* happens' and I have a shameful amount of things saved as 'untitled'.

I haven't done chaptered fic but if I ever do the answer will almost certainly be 'not', unless it started life as a connected series of challenges or prompt responses or such.
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Day 3

In your own space, talk about your creative process - from what inspires you to what motivates you to how you manage to break through blocks. Does your process change depending on the type of creating you're doing? Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

Usually when I'm creating something I get the idea first - sparked off a thought, or a dream, or a suggestion by someone - and work it through as I go. Sometimes I'll sit down and plan beforehand, but usually it's more stream-of-consciousness. I'll have a sequence of events, or a visual, in my head and I try to get that down. Sometimes this works very well, others...well my NaNo this year fell apart because I got partway through and my characters started arguing the flaws in the plot! But better to find the flaws before anyone sees it than after.

It also depends on what I'm doing; informal or creative writing, graphics, and posts are almost always stream-of-consciousness. If I'm writing something for work, such as a proposal or training document, I'll sit down and structure an outline first, even if it's just a few bullet points on a notepad. Even then, I may stray from the outline depending on how the doc in question works out as I go. If I'm worldbuilding ahead of time (which is rare) I'll try and write down backstory first, and/or call a friend and go "okay, so...!" and brainstorm with or bounce ideas off them. When I'm sharing a project (fan related or professional) I will always create an outline and make sure to confer with others before making changes to it, just to make sure everyone's on the same track.

When I'm stuck, I always go the stream-of-consciousness route. It may or may not be related to what I wanted to work on and I may not keep it, but the important thing about writing is to write.


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