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Sun Nov 20, 2011 10:27 pm Post

Cheer me on, guys. I'm so far behind on word count, it's verging on depressing. I just hit 23K, putting me slightly over 10K behind schedule. But it's the Night of Writing Dangerously, so in a few hours I'll be pumped full of sugar and surrounded by the sound of furious writing, so I'm banking on that to salvage this novel. Goal for the night is to make 28K, which is probably a little low but I have to be reasonable about attempting to write in a noisy environment where they will also be feeding me and luring me away with a chocolate-stocked candy buffet.

So for motivation, you should come up with some awful FAQs (fake are fine) that I don't want to write but will do so if I miss my goal, or something about my writing (or failing-to-write) process I should share, or some other semi-related task that I should do in December. If I were Keith or Lee I'd say I'd have to implement some ridiculous feature in Scrivener, but obviously I am safely away from that (which would be highly motivating, it's true), so I don't really have anything as fun to offer. Ideas welcome.

Also you could just say something like, "Write! you can do it! don't post on the forums today or check your email at all!" without any attached demands. And then smack me if I come back here and post. ;)
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Mon Nov 21, 2011 7:47 am Post

29K+. Wordless threats are motivating. ;)
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Mon Nov 21, 2011 12:21 pm Post

glad to be of service. :D

6k in a day? I'm impressed!
Also just a teeny bit intimidated…
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Mon Nov 21, 2011 12:30 pm Post

Virtual smack on its way. :wink:

Long, long ago, in a galaxy far, far away, my boss stuck a notice up in the office. It said simply: "Write faster!" I still have it, now pinned up in front of me on my (real) corkboard. Worth trying.
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Mon Nov 21, 2011 4:00 pm Post

How about this: if you don't make your targets you have to turn your NaNo novel into a sample project to be included with every download of Scriviner from here on in? :wink:

Well done on a really productive session, though. 20% over-achievement!
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Mon Nov 21, 2011 4:56 pm Post

I have yet to find the correct combination of pharmaceuticals to take me to such lofty word count goals. The best I seem to be able to muster is 4,000 words in a day, with a long break (and a nap) in between sessions.

If I were wearing my hat, it would be off to you. Well done!
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Wed Nov 23, 2011 5:26 am Post

Thanks, all. :)

nom wrote:6k in a day? I'm impressed!

8K, actually; I did 2K in the airport/on the plane before posting. Definitely a record for me, but keep in mind this is NaNo and I am going for sheer quantity--editing comes later. For now, the key parts are that 1) word count increases! and 2) the plot moves forward to get me to the next scene! If that happens, it's a win. How that happens can be dealt with in December when I read what I wrote. Heh.

robertdguthrie wrote:I have yet to find the correct combination of pharmaceuticals to take me to such lofty word count goals.

They do it at the Night of Writing Dangerously with an open bar and 400 lbs of candy. I actually did not drink nor did I really consume that much candy, but I suspect that the lack of sleep from the previous night and all the activity and excitement brought me to a good stage of carefree high which helped pump out some words before total collapse. I also discovered that doing a word sprint with some 190 other people in that environment is incredibly motivating--my last two weren't so hot, but I wrote 1209 words in 15 minutes for the first one, which I assure you is not something I ever imagined myself doing. (I of course make no claims to the quality of these words. ;)) And now that I've done it, of course I have no excuse not to be able to sit down and write a mere 1K in 20 minutes, so I foresee this was a nice kick in the pants to get myself to the 50K goal by the 30th.

Hugh wrote:my boss stuck a notice up in the office. It said simply: "Write faster!"

It works!

pigfender wrote:How about this: if you don't make your targets you have to turn your NaNo novel into a sample project to be included with every download of Scriviner from here on in?

:shock:
That's...evil.

...Although it'd probably be worse for you guys than me. Ha.
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Tue Nov 29, 2011 11:57 am Post

MimeticMouton wrote:Thanks, all. :)
pigfender wrote:How about this: if you don't make your targets you have to turn your NaNo novel into a sample project to be included with every download of Scriviner from here on in?

:shock:
That's...evil.

...Although it'd probably be worse for you guys than me. Ha.


Possibly, but then we'd all post our commentaries on the grammatical faults, plot holes and continuity errors here. As stickies. With links posted on Twitter, Facebook and our blogs*.

You have one** day left... :twisted:

*OK, so I'm still intimidated by your word count. I don't care that you have to edit them, if I'd been able to write that fast I'd have graduated by now. <sigh>
**But you've probably already finished.*** :roll:
***We're all barracking for you really. I am genuinely and sincerely impressed and hope you make your target
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Thu Dec 01, 2011 7:25 am Post

nom wrote:*OK, so I'm still intimidated by your word count. I don't care that you have to edit them, if I'd been able to write that fast I'd have graduated by now. <sigh>

No one in their right mind would pass you with the stuff I've written. Trust me.

nom wrote:**But you've probably already finished.***
***We're all barracking for you really. I am genuinely and sincerely impressed and hope you make your target

Suuuuuure you are. ;) It worked though; I passed 50K a little while ago. Still have a scene and a half to write, but I validated anyway to make sure I didn't run into jammed servers or something catastrophic like falling asleep before midnight and not getting my word count in on time. So yay for that. Now I just need to keep the NaNo momentum and excuse from doing dishes a little longer to bang out this last bit.

And I don't have to post it here! Ha ha ha! You can all just wait for the published version. :roll:
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Thu Dec 01, 2011 8:40 am Post

MimeticMouton wrote:I passed 50K a little while ago.


Well done!

MimeticMouton wrote:You can all just wait for the published version


I am taking that as a pledge.
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Thu Dec 01, 2011 12:07 pm Post

MimeticMouton wrote:
nom wrote:*OK, so I'm still intimidated by your word count. I don't care that you have to edit them, if I'd been able to write that fast I'd have graduated by now. <sigh>

No one in their right mind would pass you with the stuff I've written. Trust me.

Based on some of my supervisor's comments, apparently the same applies to the stuff I've written. :oops:

MimeticMouton wrote:I passed 50K a little while ago.

Congrats!
(See, I was right!)

Hugh wrote:
MimeticMouton wrote:You can all just wait for the published version

I am taking that as a pledge.

Me too. <taps foot impatiently>
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Thu Dec 01, 2011 2:29 pm Post

MimeticMouton wrote: You can all just wait for the published version.
Hearty congrats, young lady, well done. Twill be interesting to see how you handle the inevitable excess of Sado-Masochistic, Gratuitously Violent Gymnasticated Fornication and honky-tonking.
Yours in anticipation. :twisted:
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Fri Dec 02, 2011 2:48 am Post

Thanks, all!

(Even vic-k. I think.)

nom wrote:
Hugh wrote:I am taking that as a pledge.

Me too. <taps foot impatiently>

And I am taking that as a pledge that you'll buy it. :)
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Fri Dec 02, 2011 10:51 am Post

MimeticMouton wrote:Thanks, all!

(Even vic-k. I think.)

nom wrote:
Hugh wrote:I am taking that as a pledge.

Me too. <taps foot impatiently>

And I am taking that as a pledge that you'll buy it. :)


Sure - guaranteed sale of 1. Now you've got a market, you need to keep your end of the bargain. :D
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Fri Dec 02, 2011 11:47 am Post

nom wrote: guaranteed sale of 1.
...of 2...as long as it's the unexpurgated edition for grown-ups. ptsssss! a word in your shell-like...notoriety sells!
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