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28 November 2010 @ 04:27 pm
my icon is gravely misleading!  
44037 / 50000 (88.07%)


4000 words in a little over 4 hours!

And my icon is totally misleading. I don't actually have a plot. I have learned that I can write insanely fast under the proper conditions (deadline + caffeine) and it will generate a very specific kind of writing (80% aimlessly paced character musings, 15% unnecessary dialogue, 5% semicolons) that does not actually forward a plot of any kind.

Okay, one more thousand and I can go home from the coffee shop!

6:33 pm:
46009 / 50000 (92.02%)


So close to pacing, holy Jesus. I kind of feel like my word counter is lying to me, since so little has happened for the last twenty thousand words. (We're going to call it an extended character study. This is not the Great American Novel. When I someday write the Great American Novel, some poor graduate student will have to wade through this and pretend it is indicative of my future brilliance.)

9:28 pm:
47072 ★ 50000 (94.14%)


I AM PACING, BITCHEZ!! This bar is purple in honor of being above the purple NaNo line for the FIRST TIME ALL MONTH. Yeeeah!

As a reward, I let myself waste precious seconds scrolling up to double-check a continuity issue and to add a scene that makes me enjoy this whole section of the novel much more. Now I want to write more, but my fingers are on strike. *whew* I hit my 7K goal for today, and tomorrow I go back to work! So clooose!
 
 
 
Icepixie: [Movies] Fred and Ginger skating joyicepixie on November 29th, 2010 01:00 am (UTC)
OMG YOU'RE SO CLOSE!!

(5% semicolons! Isn't everyone's writing like this?)

I started writing...well, it's basically fanfic for my fake TV show, which DOESN'T HAVE A CANON and so this could plausibly be canon, except for the part where it's plotless, fluffy character stuff that feels exactly like the same kind of thing I would write as fic for a real TV show, so it's really fanfic.
Little Red: ares - marsmylittleredgirl on November 29th, 2010 02:37 am (UTC)
I really never used to use them. It's like I discovered them one day and am now a born-again convert, handing out pamphlets on public transportation about the HEALING POWER OF SEMICOLONS.

I have totally written fanfic for fake TV shows. It's way more fun than writing the real show, usually! I think that's basically what I'm doing right now, although I think I'll enjoy writing the real show too. :) Which I thought I was doing on November 1 but, eh, you know.
Icepixie: [Fringe] Vulcanicepixie on November 29th, 2010 04:22 am (UTC)
I really never used to use them. It's like I discovered them one day and am now a born-again convert, handing out pamphlets on public transportation about the HEALING POWER OF SEMICOLONS.

BWAHAHA. My first semester teaching, I made a handout that was...not unlike that, actually. I wanted my students to love semicolons as much as I do. Actually, no, I wanted them to stop making comma splices. If they used a semicolon, period, or even dash, I didn't really care, as long as they stopped writing run-on sentences.
Little Redmylittleredgirl on November 29th, 2010 05:35 am (UTC)
I wouldn't have even noticed if it hadn't been for someone... taraljc? on my flist recently saying that she never used them in her writing. And I'm like "I barely use them either!" and that put them IN MY HEAD, so, 5% semicolon.
Human Collaborator Flunkie Pool!fic Muse: Writingjoyfulfeather on November 29th, 2010 01:08 am (UTC)
<3 <3

Plot makes things slooowwww. I think that's why I rocked the first week or so and have been struggling the last couple. Plot makes everything harder! Fluff is better!
Little Red: ares - marsmylittleredgirl on November 29th, 2010 02:39 am (UTC)
I had such a hard time at the beginning! Now that I've had my internal editor bludgeoned out of me and I have some semblance of my character voices they can just yammer on all day about what they're going to pick up at the futuristic Red Box to watch after supper or whatever. (That has not actually happened yet in this novel, but it probably wouldn't feel too out of place at this point.)
Human Collaborator Flunkie Pool!fic Muse: Writingjoyfulfeather on November 29th, 2010 03:12 am (UTC)
Hee! I see nothing wrong with that.

I cheated on character voices -- every single character (except the criminals and my MC's father) is either based on or outright lifted from some TV show I watch. Seriously. All of them. It makes it easier!

You can totally catch up on the word count! I'm insanely impressed at the number of words you've written this weekend. Holy crap. (I'm also quite proud of the 2400 I just punched out in two hours. That's a lot for me! And I got caught up, wooooo!)
entertaining in a disturbing waylyssie on November 29th, 2010 01:19 am (UTC)
plot is... um.. sometimes useful. Sometimes, it helps add to the word count--I'm less of a descriptive/tons of introspection type, so I need plot to keep things moving/add more words (like, I think I may've accidentally started a world just now, to get around the "I don't know what to do next" part)

OMG, though, GO, LR, GO.
Little Red: ares - marsmylittleredgirl on November 29th, 2010 02:40 am (UTC)
Yeah, my problem is that I like to find a way to be subtle about some things, and when I'm writing frantically without planning, I substitute "just writing it in and then overwhelming it with tons of pointless crap" for "actually being subtle."

OMG, I AM A CRAPPY-NOVEL-WRITING MACHIIIIINE!
entertaining in a disturbing waylyssie on November 29th, 2010 02:55 am (UTC)
Do not sell yourself short. The point is to get through this month. Editing and adding in plot and stuff is for after. *hanwaves*

(I am almost at 5,000, yay)
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Little Redmylittleredgirl on November 29th, 2010 02:41 am (UTC)
Ehn! Ehn! Ehn! *struggling noises*

Why don't I have minions to make me food right now?? When I get famous I'm gonna so totally order my food in.
Havoc: lizzie writinghavocthecat on November 29th, 2010 04:08 am (UTC)
That is TWO HUNDRED SEMICOLONS. Which is rather impressive. ;)
Little Redmylittleredgirl on November 29th, 2010 05:38 am (UTC)
I can't figure out a way to count them!! There should be a function in Word for this, yes?
Havochavocthecat on November 29th, 2010 05:56 am (UTC)
I'll bet there is! I would do a find on semicolons or a find/replace and then don't save the file.

(I just did 5% of 4000. *is a dork*)
georgie: Giant - Save a horse...georgierae on November 29th, 2010 07:34 pm (UTC)
WOOOOO!!!
MegTDJ: Jared - Thumbs upmeg_tdj on November 29th, 2010 08:17 pm (UTC)
WOOHOO!! GO, GIRL, GO!! :D