Novel-in-a-Day 9½ - SPECIAL APOCALYPSE EDITION

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Sat Apr 04, 2020 7:05 am Post

1,518 at Midnight in Vancouver.

I wrote my kids in, and there's an squeezebox, but I haven't decided if it's a good accordion, or a bad one.

Governments and religions fall by decisions like this.

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Sat Apr 04, 2020 7:12 am Post

I am finding this brief extremely challenging.

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Sat Apr 04, 2020 7:16 am Post

Morning all.

Read through the brief at1220 (UK) and went to bed with my head filling with ideas .

What little I know of the White House is purely down to President Bartlett and his team in The West Wing - so who knows how my chapter will turn out for authenticity!!

Anyway, it's now 0815, I've had my first coffee of the day and...I'd best get started.

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Sat Apr 04, 2020 7:19 am Post

Accordion Noir wrote:1,518 at Midnight in Vancouver.

I wrote my kids in, and there's an squeezebox, but I haven't decided if it's a good accordion, or a bad one.

Governments and religions fall by decisions like this.


I could write a ukulele into my chapter...our characters could jam together if everything goes pear-shaped for them. :D

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Sat Apr 04, 2020 7:32 am Post

Accordion Noir wrote:there's an squeezebox, but I haven't decided if it's a good accordion, or a bad one.

Wait... there are *bad* accordions?!
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Sat Apr 04, 2020 7:35 am Post

Hi everyone, I’m stuck!

I thought we were going to be writing The Road or The Hunger Games.

Instead, I’ve got to research what happens in the White House during some kind of nuclear attack. I mean I know very little about American politics, and nothing about the geography of the White House.

I have a dvd of the West Wing series 1 lying around somewhere here, but I haven’t got time to watch it today.

Harder still, I’ve got to imagine a popular Republican President. :shock:

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Sat Apr 04, 2020 7:37 am Post

thegirlclaudia wrote:I am finding this brief extremely challenging.

When I feel that -- and I feel that a lot! -- I always make sure I understand if my story is POOEE.
P -Protagonist - who is my protagonist for this scene?
O- Objective - what are they trying to achieve?
O - Obstacle - what is stopping them?
E - Escalation - what happens to make things harder / worse?
E - Ending - how am I going to resolve that objective (either successfully or not)
I find knowing that helps me on whatever scale I'm looking at -- whether it's a book, a chapter, a scene, or sometimes just a paragraph.
Plus I drink coffee.
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Sat Apr 04, 2020 7:40 am Post

Kramer wrote:What little I know of the White House is purely down to President Bartlett and his team in The West Wing.

Great TV show. Can't go wrong.

Kramer wrote:I could write a ukulele into my chapter...our characters could jam together if everything goes pear-shaped for them. :D

If?
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Sat Apr 04, 2020 7:46 am Post

JacquelineM wrote:Hi everyone, I’m stuck!

I've sent you an email with answers to some of your specific questions

JacquelineM wrote:I thought we were going to be writing The Road or The Hunger Games.

There are, sadly, a great many types of apocalypse! My browsing history from the past 2 weeks will defeintely have me on a watch list! :D

JacquelineM wrote:Instead, I’ve got to research what happens in the White House during some kind of nuclear attack. I mean I know very little about American politics, and nothing about the geography of the White House.

Google is your friend! https://www.businessinsider.com/white-h ... -portico-4

JacquelineM wrote:I have a dvd of the West Wing series 1 lying around somewhere here, but I haven’t got time to watch it today.
Find a 5 minute clip on Youtube. It's a great tv show! :D

JacquelineM wrote:Harder still, I’ve got to imagine a popular Republican President. :shock:

Now, now...!
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Sat Apr 04, 2020 8:14 am Post

Hi Pigfender,

Thanks for the email and your advice here.

Much appreciated!

I guess the point of this exercise is to get us out of our comfort zone.

It’s certainly doing that!

Perhaps the next NIAD can be a Fantasy genre and we can invent our own world?
Back to the research and writing... :D

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Sat Apr 04, 2020 8:16 am Post

JacquelineM wrote:Hi Pigfender,

Thanks for the email and your advice here.

Much appreciated!

I guess the point of this exercise is to get us out of our comfort zone.

It’s certainly doing that!

Perhaps the next NIAD can be a Fantasy genre and we can invent our own world?
Back to the research and writing... :D

This is fantasy and you can invent the world! :D
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Sat Apr 04, 2020 8:20 am Post

Talking about being out of comfort zones - my chapter seems to be all about electrical engineering and I have a BA in English!!
Let the technobabble commence!

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Sat Apr 04, 2020 8:22 am Post

Alobear wrote:Talking about being out of comfort zones - my chapter seems to be all about electrical engineering and I have a BA in English!!
Let the technobabble commence!
:D
It can be about electrical engineering or about electical engineers
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Sat Apr 04, 2020 8:42 am Post

pigfender wrote:
Alobear wrote:Talking about being out of comfort zones - my chapter seems to be all about electrical engineering and I have a BA in English!!
Let the technobabble commence!
:D
It can be about electrical engineering or about electical engineers


Or about non-electrical engineers trying to help electrical engineers and being rubbish at it... :o)

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Sat Apr 04, 2020 8:47 am Post

Alobear wrote:
pigfender wrote:
Alobear wrote:Talking about being out of comfort zones - my chapter seems to be all about electrical engineering and I have a BA in English!!
Let the technobabble commence!
:D
It can be about electrical engineering or about electical engineers


Or about non-electrical engineers trying to help electrical engineers and being rubbish at it... :o)

With accordions!
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