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So I made 80K a few minutes ago. Go me! Time for a new wordcount goal, which will be 90K. I love reaching wordcount goals. It means I can post my worcount meter:

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
80,071 / 90,000
(89.0%)



I just killed off a character I hadn't realized I'd gotten attached to. I hate it when my own characters make me bawl like a calf when I write them. For one, it slows down the writing process because I can't see well enough to type. Also, it makes it really hard to kill them off when the time comes. Technically, the guy isn't dead yet (just as good as dead), and I'm going to need to write his death scene. Dammit, I'm not supposed to care about this guy! He's a necessary plot device, and I need him to die in order to get on with the story, but suddenly I like him a whole lot and I don't really want him to die. AUGH!

*sigh*

Oh well. With any luck, my own distress at killing him will translate to the readers, in which case it'll have been worth it.
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So now that I've hit 50K, the new goal is to reach 75K before SarahJanet. At last count, I was ahead of her by aboout 6,000 words. It's looking like each part of the book is going to be about 30,000 words, and I'm going to have to whittle Part I down quite a bit when I get to it.

I'm aiming for roughly 5,000 words a day. I did slightly less than that yesterday, but today I'm going to try to procrastinate less and write more. I spent a lot of time yesterday figuring out plot points in my notebook, so it wasn't a total loss. There were things I needed to work out before I could write them, especially since the events in the last two parts of the novel took me by surprise when I wrote them. I wasn't planning on killing off those particular characters just yet, but the opportunity presented itself and I took it.

Now I have to get the characters out of the Canadian Tire. They didn't want to go in, and now they don't want to come out. Bah.

In the meantime, I'm going to play with my wordcount meter:

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
59,176 / 75,000
(78.9%)
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Current wordcount stands at 47,111 words. Go me!

I went to bed instead of pushing for that extra 2,889 words last night, for reasons of health and sanity. Today I shall be shopping for boots, so no wordcount will be forthcoming until this evening, when I also have Conflation to write.

I also have three other writing deadlines for tomorrow.

So, I have my work cut out for me, it would seem.

Onward and upward!
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I really wanted to hit 30,000 words before midnight on November 4th.

I made it to 29,818 words. So close, and yet so far. That's roughly 6,500 words in about seven hours, which isn't bad at all, if I do say so myself. I think my characters might actually make it out of the metro sometime soonish. at 29,818 words they are poised to meet their first zombie. I predict zombie action in the next 200 words or so. Maybe a bit more.

Since noting her wordcount on Nov. 2nd, I've unofficially been trying to outdo the Municipal Liaison for Edmonton (with whom Montreal is having a friendly rivalry for the second year in a row). Today I decided to try and make it official, and sent her an email proposing the challenge. She and I have been leapfrogging each other for days anyway in terms of wordcount. She accepted, so now it's on.

Right now, I am whupping her narrow behind quite handily (somewhere around 5,000 words). However, she is capable of producing massive amounts of wordcount in a short span of time, so I can't let myself become complacent. Also, she has a stated wordcount goal of 75,000 this year. I don't have a stated wordcount goal, but I do want to finish my novel before the end of November. Since I'm at 30k (give or take about 200 words) and my characters haven't even encountered zombies yet, I think I'm fairly safe in assuming that this story won't be done at 75k. However, we shall see.

Right now I'm torn. I'm going to write the extra 182 words to take me to 30k, that's for sure. However, I'm at the *zombie* scene. I really really want to write it. I am also *burnt* like overcooked toast. I want to do this scene justice. It would make much more sense for me to go to bed now (after the 182 words) and come to the scene fresh. Also, since I've started the scene already, it means I'd be leaving my writing in the middle of a scene, which means less risk of getting blocked when I come back to my writing.

Argh! Indecision. Sleep is seeming like a better plan every passing moment, though.

With any luck I'll be up early enough tomorrow to post more of what I've written here, for the entertainment of my reading public.
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Day 3 is not going to be as productive as Days 1 and 2, not that that's a huge problem. My brain is still coming up with ideas, but the rest of me is really kind of tired now. Also, I have other stuff that had to get done today.

Still, I have written 2,112 words, which is well above the daily quota needed to make it to 50,000 by November 30th. Right now I need to write less than 1,000 words per day for the rest of the month to obtain the minimum number of required words. So I'm not worried. Clearly, I am suffering from some kind of twisted hubris, and I will get some kind of comeuppance the way I did last year when I overconfidently thought I'd be finishing well ahead of schedule (anyone else remember the dead logic board saga? Gah!).

I have switched soundtracks today. I am listening to Orff's Carmina Burana, which has always been one of my favourite pieces. I have it in two different recordings, but I vastly prefer the Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos version. Now there's a man who understands that a fortissimo can, in fact, be done in a subtle and effective fashion, and that one fortissimo is not necessarily exactly the same as another. Unlike, say, Charles Dutoit, who seems to think that having his chorus shouting is music. Not that I'm biased or anything.

I have to work on getting my characters to the nearest metro station. They've been trapped for nearly the entire time now, and I have to get them moving if I ever want this story to end.

The really ridiculously ambitious part of my mind is clamouring at me right now, saying that if I write 5,000 words a day, I'll have hit 50,000 words by Wednesday night, in time for the next meet-up. I know I can do it, but I don't know if I should. For one, I risk absolutely killing myself if I do that. I will permanently screw up my sleeping cycle, possibly injure my wrist more, and run the risk of burning out before my story is finished, which I don't want to do. One of the goals this November is not just hitting 50,000 words, but actually finishing the story, which didn't happen last year. Now that I know that I can reach the stated wordcount goal in 30 days, I want a slightly more challenging, umm, challenge.

So, yeah. Wordcount will likely be slowing down considerably after this. There's also the fact that I have other writing projects that mustn't get neglected, either. I don't know. I'll see how things progress, I guess.

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