callistra: Fuschia from Sinfest crying her heart out next to Hell's flames (Default)
Gosh! It's THAT time of year again!

Last year Nanowrimo was lost due to other stuff - operations, writing retreats, general OMG business, so I am really pleased to be in a position to do it again. I've been a part of Nano since 2004, and have really loved to see just how big a thing Nanowrimo has become.

Nano is a funny thing. It has so many aspects to it that I delight in seeing the ways new members learn the ropes, and the steep learning curves ahead. There's always something new to learn, and every time I've done it I've learnt something amazing. The first time I did it, I didn't finish. I learned I wasn't ready! I was about to fall pregnant, and was busy running around selling an awful lot of lingerie and learning more about running a home business than I did about writing. I also fell pregnant at the end of November, which drained an awful lot of my energy! I also went to Margaret River, and Sydney all in November that year! 

2005 is really the year when I wrote and wrote and wrote. I was worried about my wordcount, and started off including *everythign*, uncluding long email posts and LJ posts too. But in the end I blitzed it at 70K, so I could have worried a bit less and been fine. Most of this was my original Book One of the Phat Phantasy I originally wrote in highschool. Key thigns I learned: I could write. I could write fast. Writing with friends is more fun than writing without. I could produce words by the truckload.

And I just didn't stop. 2006 is littered with the remains of wordcounts, and I just kept going. I didn't do Nano again, but that year I think I clocked up about 300K of writing, so I wasn't really all that worried. My trilogy ended up being a quintuplet, averaging about 90K per novel. I learnt that I can write a loosely structured novel of about 90K in 6 weeks, and did so twice.

And then I stopped.

I started editing instead, which is a completely different skillset, and unfortunately does not include any funky wordcounts. It could, but not when you're deleting large swathes :-) So anyway, I spent some time rewriting novels, and then in 2008, I did Nanowrimo again, and completed much to my happiness, dead on 50K for an intended e-book market.

2008 is the Selkie novel, which I am currently editing again. The selkie porn was a huge learning curve, thanks to some extroardinarily generous help from chaosmanor. I've also come into a writing group, a subset of the KSP. We all had novels to crit, so we did so. Four points of view per novel gives you some very good thoughts, ideas, and problems with work with. I've been concentrating very very hard on craft for the last two years. I have learned a stunning amount. 

And this brings us to this year. This yeah, I want to throw aside all the rules and regulations and expectations, and just write. I want to work in the creative flow, and just see what happens. I'm not worried about form or structure, plans, crisies, highlights, dialogue, anything. I just want to see what happens when I let the creative slow strike me. I want to splash colour, slash canvas, create and delete and scribble and scrawl, carelessly and hurriedly, and see what shapes appear.

And at the end of day 1, I'm at 10% of my goal.

Daily Round Up:
Today: 5220
Yesterday: 0
New Words: 5220
To goal: 44,780









callistra: Fuschia from Sinfest crying her heart out next to Hell's flames (Default)
Doing Nano is always a time of discovery for me. This year, I started from a very different place of two years ago. I was much more confident, I had a goal, I had a rough plan, and I tried a few things I hadn't done before.

Things I learnt...

1) You are allowed to segue away from sex scenes in erotic novels. I was very relieved.

2) I probably can work on two projects at the same time. If I don't have two small children at home. So when the kids go to school, then I will be able to what I was hoping to do this time around.

3) I managed 6K between driving for 2 hours, visiting parents, intense discussions, variable access to decent keyboards and making dinner. That's a handy thing to know.

4) Sometimes I need a firecracker up my arse, even if it's a softly spoken "You know, I would like you to finish," from my husband. :-)

5) I love it. I love it I love it I love it. And one day, I will aim for 50k in 5 days. But, you know, just not for the next few years...

6) I like the fantasy side of things more than the erotica side of things. But this is variable. :-)

7) I really, really, really liked the widgets. I liked the word races, I liked the collaborative data, I just like doing this with friends.

Nanowrimo

Nov. 29th, 2008 07:34 pm
callistra: Fuschia from Sinfest crying her heart out next to Hell's flames (Default)
Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] cassiphone , I have been made aware of people who write a LOT. Like, a LOT A LOT A LOT. Like... 36,000 in ONE DAY.

And, reading this chickie's hints and tips ... there's people out there who do Nanowrimo in Day One. Let me think about this for a minute. Day One. Fifty thousand words.

Say... 7.5 hours.

Which is 450 minutes.

So you'd need to type...

111.11 words a minute.

I know someone who types that fast.....

[livejournal.com profile] mynxii , you doing anything tomorrow?? Got a spare 7.5 hours to spare??

callistra: Fuschia from Sinfest crying her heart out next to Hell's flames (Default)
And the book's now finished too.

IT'S DONE!

Nov. 25th, 2008 06:36 pm
callistra: Fuschia from Sinfest crying her heart out next to Hell's flames (Nano2008)
OMG it's done. The book is maybe another 2K but Nano is done done done!
callistra: Fuschia from Sinfest crying her heart out next to Hell's flames (Default)
Yay!

I just hit 44,000 words!

I did about a thousand words yesterday and didn't get a chance to log them in Nano, but now I'm at 44K!

How awesome is that??
Only six more to go!

Pretty Pictures )

BANG!

Nov. 24th, 2008 12:03 pm
callistra: Fuschia from Sinfest crying her heart out next to Hell's flames (Default)

I'm closing in on every one rapidly.
:-)

callistra: Fuschia from Sinfest crying her heart out next to Hell's flames (Default)
- Write 1,000 words
- Write 1,000 words
- Write 1,000 words
- Write 1,000 words
- Write 1,000 words

- Clean and sweep floor
- finish kitchen
- Mealplan Monday
callistra: Fuschia from Sinfest crying her heart out next to Hell's flames (Default)
And I have done it! I am caught up! 
20 x 1667 = 33,3340
and I am now at...
33,758!

Yay! 418 words into tomorrow's count!

I also... visited neleh13's parents'  vegie patch, took my mother to hospital, watered the garden, did some gardening, cleaned the house pretty thoroughly after last night's birthday party, and cooked dinner and got the dishwasher on before the kids were in bed! 

OMG! Maybe I *am* Wonder Woman! 
:-)


 



callistra: Fuschia from Sinfest crying her heart out next to Hell's flames (Default)
The kids are both awake, so this one took a looong time

118 words and I will be on track properly

Moar!

Nov. 20th, 2008 02:56 pm
callistra: Fuschia from Sinfest crying her heart out next to Hell's flames (Default)
I am almost back on track even! 
callistra: Fuschia from Sinfest crying her heart out next to Hell's flames (Default)
Yes MOAR! 
And I was thinking of giving up. Ha! 

32407

Yay moar!

Nov. 20th, 2008 02:23 pm
callistra: Fuschia from Sinfest crying her heart out next to Hell's flames (Default)
Another 500 done.
callistra: Fuschia from Sinfest crying her heart out next to Hell's flames (Default)
500 more words done.
Yay!

Yay!

Nov. 20th, 2008 10:01 am
callistra: Fuschia from Sinfest crying her heart out next to Hell's flames (Default)
Another 500 down. Yay!
callistra: Fuschia from Sinfest crying her heart out next to Hell's flames (Default)
I am only allowed to open firefox for a check of the email and intarwebs after I have written 500 words.
If any one needs me, ring or use instant messenger.
:-)

One 500 word block done.
:-)
callistra: Fuschia from Sinfest crying her heart out next to Hell's flames (Default)


The widget hasn't updated yet, but lee is now 700 words past Lyn at 34,954!! OMG! Yet another 5k day in the Battersby household! AWESOME GOING GUYS!
callistra: Fuschia from Sinfest crying her heart out next to Hell's flames (Default)



And I'm ... losing I think... but still on track to complete Nano, so not a total waste.
:-)
And I found my porn mojo again.
Hee!!
callistra: Fuschia from Sinfest crying her heart out next to Hell's flames (Default)


Dammit, I'm way behind every one again! I shall have to do some fancy typing tonight and see what I can do.
:-)
callistra: Fuschia from Sinfest crying her heart out next to Hell's flames (Default)


Look! I expect it'll change as soon as every one else logs in with their wordcounts, but I'm winning, just for a bit!

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