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03 November 2012 @ 12:00 am
Crappy Novel Time, Y'all!  
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Today I thought: I should have chosen a font before November. That would have been a good thing to do ahead of time. I wrote a thousand words to really test it out. So what is my novel about? The sort of thing you write about in Minion Pro with chapter headings in Apple Chancery, that's what.

As previously discussed, my novel is called "The Island." The novel title is in Futura.
georgie: booksgeorgierae on November 3rd, 2012 11:07 am (UTC)

I have no desire to write anything to do with my nano novel right now.
I do, on the other hand, want to sit and watch SGA Season 3 and then write fic.

What is wrong with me?! (oh wait, I think that's the NaNo curse coming to pass already).

But, I am writing in Times New Roman. Mainly because I hate the font that Word throws out as a default setting.

This has been a procrastination comment. Feel free to ignore and carry on as you were
Little Red: typewriter old schoolmylittleredgirl on November 3rd, 2012 05:57 pm (UTC)
I am rewarding myself with Sparky! :) Not writing it, because that would probably be too distracting, but reading and general thinkysqueee. Mmmmm season 3. Leather. I might have to add watching episodes to my reward system.

I'm doing a write-or-die style nano where I just throw words together and see what happens. I am fully expecting it to be crap, but maybe it will turn into a story that I can then totally rewrite from scratch in a way that would be NOT crap. So yeah, it's not lack of inspiration that's keeping my word count low - since this style doesn't really require inspiration - it's lack of discipline for sitting down and clicking "write!" on the write-or-die thing. Fingers crossed I can keep it up!!
georgie: Shaun - you've got red on yougeorgierae on November 3rd, 2012 06:40 pm (UTC)
If I start a reward system with Sparky, it will spin out of control all too quickly! I'd be better off rewarding myself with food or something easier to deny myself.

That's not a bad idea, actually. I'd do something about writing with the internet switched off for a while, but I'm always wishing I'd not done it when I want to research something!

Also, I'd really love to start from scratch! I've got vague ideas for stories, but I fear if I don't get this novel out then it'll curl up and die in my brain, causing me to never have another idea ever again.

...Damnit, procrastinating again! (unless... d'ya think I can add my comments to my word total for the day? *headdesks*)

Little Red: peanuts - what to write?mylittleredgirl on November 3rd, 2012 06:47 pm (UTC)
In 2010 when I had the most dramatic, family-emergency-filled November ever and had to write the last 40K or so of my novel in 4 days, I had to go cold turkey on research and just start filling unknown words with **** until I could get back to it later. It was usually silly stuff, like "what's the name of the airport in Khazakstan" but then I'd spend half an hour trolling google images and stuff. I'm hoping to stay sort of on top of my word count so I can keep poking around wikipedia periodically, but the placeholder **** worked well for me in times of emergency!

And turning off the internet.

So far my goals are: at 8000 words I can order a pizza (not that I can't eat before that, but I have to cook otherwise) and if I get to 10,000 words fast enough I can go to Bishops' and get purple chunks in my hair. I can't really afford that, so it's good that I probably won't make it!

I think I need a 4K word goal though. Maybe Starbucks?
georgie: Hogwartsgeorgierae on November 3rd, 2012 07:01 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I do the placeholder thing already (?) works well for me, especially if it's someone's name or a place I've yet to make up!

NaNoWordSprints on twitter is a helpful way to help you remember you're not on your own this month. I don't always take part in the sprints, but sometimes the prompts give me an idea which I can work into my own plot. Which is always good :)

I'm now debating choosing word goals, but I suspect that is just procrastination in NaNo form!

Melyanna: Jed (secret plan to fight inflation)melyanna on November 3rd, 2012 08:04 pm (UTC)
The best idea I had this year was to compile a list of possible names a couple weeks ago. Now when I need a name, there's a list and I don't spend ten minutes looking on the internet for exactly the right name.
Little Red: sg - hatching plots - lindir_jaxmylittleredgirl on November 3rd, 2012 08:35 pm (UTC)
I have most of the names, yay! Having a crisis of confidence about a few of them. Oh well, it's NaNo! I can change midway through if I want to! Or just pretend I'm a Russian author and everybody has a billion names that are only tangentially related to each other.
georgie: Glee - Sue - Kittygeorgierae on November 3rd, 2012 06:42 pm (UTC)
Also, I really need to stop editing-as-I-go.
Little Red: sga - lizzie facepalmmylittleredgirl on November 3rd, 2012 06:51 pm (UTC)

You could figure out how many words you can usually write in a concentrated hour (I know that for me because of write-or-die, which is srsly the best $10 I ever spent and they have a free online version too), and then I say that if I write that number in less than an hour I can go back and edit or research til my hour's up. ;)

I'm not even procrastinating writing yet. I'm procrastinating getting dressed, walking the dog, and making breakfast/buying things I can make breakfast with.
georgie: Giant - Save a horse...georgierae on November 3rd, 2012 07:04 pm (UTC)
It's such a bad habit. I swear I probably could have hit 50k on my first NaNo if I hadn't gone back and edited the shit out of my work.

That's...not a bad idea actually. I guess I could reward myself with some research once in a while!

I think my main problem with procrastination stems from the late night essays and research projects I did while at college. I've always found it easier to write at night (I'm hoping the fact it gets dark quicker in winter will help with that :D). Maybe in future I ought to become an owl for November...
georgie: SGA - Risinggeorgierae on November 3rd, 2012 07:05 pm (UTC)
(also, your 'Lizabeth icon pretty much sums up my mood right now)
Little Red: trek - hoshi promises - speshulduckmylittleredgirl on November 3rd, 2012 08:43 pm (UTC)
Daylight savings time will help youuuu! For me, it's making me pass out and fall asleep early, so I'm going to go write somewhere other than my apartment tonight to try and be more awake!

God it was like ACTUAL BURNING when I had to stop editing my nano novel to power through it in 2010. I was typing words and out loud I'm like "THIS SHIT IS AWFULLL AAAA."

OK! I'm de-internetting for *gasp* a whole hour! Back with more words later!
georgie: Giant - Save a horse...georgierae on November 3rd, 2012 09:10 pm (UTC)

God it was like ACTUAL BURNING when I had to stop editing my nano novel to power through it in 2010. I was typing words and out loud I'm like "THIS SHIT IS AWFULLL AAAA."

Ugh, I hear you. I swear, half this novel is going to be absolute rubbish while the other half will, undoubtedly, be golden nuggets of joy which I will probably end up deleting during the edit.

*gets twitchy-edit fingers*
Little Red: peanuts - novel going badlymylittleredgirl on November 3rd, 2012 09:30 pm (UTC)
My novel is HILARIOUSLY TERRIBLE so far! (1700 words now!) I would not read it. It wants to be written in this weird pompous passive-voice that is making me annoyed. Hopefully that was just the prologue, though! Now that I've finished that I needed to take a break to reset my narrative voice a bit, haha. If it's 50,000 words of this I'll go mad. I need snark or something!
georgie: SGA - Risinggeorgierae on November 3rd, 2012 09:36 pm (UTC)
Bwahaha. Pompous voice is pompous.

Can't you write a McKay-equivalent into your novel? (for the snark, obviously, I think you've probably got pompous covered!)

I'm really hoping after this NaNo is over, I will FINALLY be able to move on from this storyline which I've had in my head for about two-and-a-half years. I really think it could work as a novel, but it is refusing to work itself out right now.

I've got my main characters, I've got bits of plot and some REALLY SNAPPY DIALOGUE! but no complete story to work around.
The laughable thing is, I actually did have something which resembled one but my desktop pc is (quite possibly) dead*, taking all my extensive notes with it.

*luckily my uncle-the-superPCwhiz is going to take a look at it and hopefully fix it for me. Though probably not before NaNo is over. Ugh. What to do!

Edited at 2012-11-03 09:38 pm (UTC)
Little Red: rh - tryingmylittleredgirl on November 3rd, 2012 09:40 pm (UTC)
Oh NO!!

Write about space okapi instead?

I find it difficult to write stories I'm too attached to. I have this epic sci-fi saga that I thought up when I was 10 and I have no idea how to even get started - and believe me, I've tried over the last 20 years! Maybe I should nano it next year! Even the idea is terrifying.

georgie: SGA - Risinggeorgierae on November 3rd, 2012 10:03 pm (UTC)
I've included two (YES! TWO!) separate okapis into my story :D One is a Riding Beast (which may or may not have the ability to speak, I'm yet to decide which direction my crappy novel is taking in that regard) and also a ship (which may or may not be space-worthy or a boat...or it might just be a plane. Who knows right now.).

Little Red: peanuts - dark and stormy nightmylittleredgirl on November 3rd, 2012 10:30 pm (UTC)

You have an Okapi who is a duckboat that also goes to space!? BEST NOVEL EVER ALREADY AHAHA.

I'm over 2K now! Yay! Success comes in round numbers. My reward for this milestone... *starts drinking*

Also I'm about to skip forward some unknown number of years/generations so all the pompous-toned characters I've created will be no more. Aaaa now to bring in real characters and try to make them likable!
georgiegeorgierae on November 4th, 2012 12:09 am (UTC)
You're making this sound so much better than it actually is. I half wish my NaNo was actually about a boat called The Okapi. Which is really, really isn't. </p>

Still, it could be worse- I mean last year you bullied coerced me into starting NaNo a week late. So I'm already way ahead of that particular fail!

ButbutBUT yay for your 2000+ words. The rest will be a breeze from here forth. Mainly because I'm certain the first few paragraphs are the hardest to be getting on with. Also because you're an AWESOME writer.

Go. Drink! I'm about to go to sleep in honour of our joint accomplishments. Woo! I know, I know- I'm so rock and roll, it's hard to fathom.

this comment was brought to you by a caffeine crash and too much early-on procrastination.

*passes out*

drewandiandrewandian on November 3rd, 2012 05:40 pm (UTC)
add me to team nano. i have no idea how many words i actually have written (i prefer to write by hand and then type it up periodically)...nor am i sure i'm gonna stick with my original novel idea or use nano time to catch up on all the fanfics i wanted to write and never did...

for now i've got the beginnings of some nice original girl-on-girl smut started...we'll see if i can make it something substantial.
Little Red: typewriter old schoolmylittleredgirl on November 3rd, 2012 06:01 pm (UTC)
Ooooh!! I think the novel thing might be easier, even though I am sooooo not a novelist, because you don't have to come up with multiple starts and resolutions and make decisions about what to write... I find that when I'm done with a shorter work I immediately want to edit it. But if you write 50K of fanfic that would be AWESOME, so don't let me stop you!! :)

I'm so impressed that you write by hand!! It's too slow for me and I get all stressy about whether my penmanship is nice enough. It will probably still help you to keep a word count goal, though - why not count the words on a sample 5 pages, average them out, and then update your word count by page? Then you can use the cute little trackers everyone has. ;)

Have you got a profile on nanowrimo? I am mylittleredgirl. Friend me!
drewandiandrewandian on November 3rd, 2012 06:15 pm (UTC)
I love the feeling of the pen sliding on the paper and the way the paper gets all crinkly when you write on it...the way it sounds is cool (i'm very sensory lol) I do type it all up from time to time to get my word count and because my writing gets sloppy and i scribble stuff out a lot. I just do it all initially by hand :) that's how i've written all but like 2 of my fanfics actually

i do have a nano profile...i'm drewandian. I'll friend you and you can friend me back! :)

(I'm thinking of writing 5 10000 word stories that kinda fit together vs 1 great big huge story. feels less intimidating....)
Little Red: typewriter old schoolmylittleredgirl on November 3rd, 2012 10:31 pm (UTC)
Awww, yay!! I love writing on typewriters for similar sensory reasons. My dad sent me one of the ones I still have at their house so I totally need ink for it and probably a soundproof pad or something to keep my neighbors from hating me forever! :-D
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Little Red: glee - football/pompom otpmylittleredgirl on November 4th, 2012 07:24 am (UTC)
Re: EFFFFFF.....

But now that you're here, YOU CAN DO EET!!
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Little Red: dwts - logo sparkliesmylittleredgirl on November 4th, 2012 07:42 pm (UTC)
Re: EFFFFFF.....
That's kind of awesome, though!!! Should cut down on procrastination if you're like "I ONLY HAVE X NUMBER OF HOURS UNTIL A WEEK OF NOWRITING!"

Sprint-writing is fun. :) I need to do some of that, because I've been mostly noodling around at write-ins and I need to get some words down so I can watch Dancing With the Stars tomorrow! ;)
stexgirl2000stexgirl2000 on November 4th, 2012 05:53 am (UTC)
After getting off to great start, I haven't written anything today. I should be writing now. :sighs:
Little Red: glee - football/pompom otpmylittleredgirl on November 4th, 2012 07:25 am (UTC)
Write at least two words so you can update your word count! Add an extra "he said" somewhere or something. :)

I say this not to trick you into writing more than two words, but because it's a rare moment where I can use my slacker-fu to provide a service!