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Postponement [09 Nov 2006|12:17am]
[ mood | satisfied ]

I've decided not to fret over 50,000 words by the end of November. My target is to finish the book (however long or short it turns out to be) by the end of January.

I'm getting overwhelmed with work and study and novel, and the novel is the only thing that can really give at this point. I shall keep going at 500-1000 words a day, and be happy with it.

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Progress [02 Nov 2006|08:31pm]
[ mood | cheerful ]

I've decided to pretend yesterday didn't happen. In which case, I am on target :)

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[02 Nov 2006|11:16am]
[ mood | busy ]

Must find a counter. I'm up to 1022 words now.

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Nanowrimo [01 Nov 2006|09:50pm]
[ mood | rushed ]

Well, I've started it. Only about 800 words so far, but I hope to be up to at least 2k before the end of the night.

This is going to be a young adult novel, because I want to write a modern eco-adventure and that seems the best target audience. I've a horrible feeling it might end up being a bad cross between a bad Gwyneth Jones and a bad Kate Atkinson, but I shall try everything in my power not to let that happen.

I haven't actually signed up to Nanowrimo yet, and I can't do so either as the site is b0rked. And I need to get a counter from somewhere. But there's SO much to do this evening, I really must get on with it. And find another 1200 words from somewhere. Down the back of the sofa, maybe?

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[30 Nov 2004|11:50pm]
[ mood | ecstatic ]


Dreadful icon, but there wasn't much choice :)

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Hurrah! [28 Nov 2004|09:33pm]
[ mood | relieved ]

Zokutou word meter
50,016 / 50,000

I've not actually finished yet. At least 10,000 words left to go, and only two days (filled with other things) to do them in. But I shall give it a bloody good try, and whatever happens I will submit what I've done for counting and accreditation on the Nanowrimo site.

*falls over with relief*

Now, where's the pink!drink!
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[23 Nov 2004|10:40pm]
[ mood | happy ]

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
45,014 / 50,000

Nearly there!

I spent some time yesterday writing up a plot outline, so I can make sure I tie up all the loose ends. I can't help thinking this would have been a really useful thing to have at the beginning of the writing process, rather than almost at the end.

Ho hum.
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[22 Nov 2004|12:07pm]
Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
42,024 / 50,000

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[22 Nov 2004|12:09am]
Was very crap this weekend. Spent most of it alternately getting drunk and having hangovers (surprising that, isn't it) to celebrate my swisstone's birthday. But I have redeemed myself this evening by writing quite a lot.

40,126 words. That's more than 80%! Hurrah!
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[19 Nov 2004|11:09am]
[ mood | content ]

36,177 words. I need to work hard on it this weekend, and try to plot out the rest of the book. I want to be bringing it to a close around 60-70,000 words. The story won't really support any more than that, tempting though it is to carry on waffling.

And the editing job is huge already; I don't want to make it any worse than it has to be!

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Squee! [17 Nov 2004|08:10pm]
[ mood | cheerful ]

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
34,015 / 50,000
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[10 Nov 2004|11:35pm]
[ mood | ecstatic ]

19,274 words! Almost back on track :)

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[05 Nov 2004|12:58pm]
[ mood | excited ]

8011 words. I'm starting to believe I can actually do this.

Yesterday, I: went to the Shipbourne farmers' market, went swimming (300 metres), fed a friends' cats, had lunch with my sister, went to the farm, swept the stable yard, put the beds down for the horses, brought Honey in, groomed and fed her, washed Alison's car, took it to the garage and vaccuumed the inside a bit, went grocery shopping in Sainsbury's, went home, unpacked the shopping, cleared out the car boot, tidied the living room, washed and dried one load of laundry, packed for Novacon, cooked and ate dinner, wrote 2000 words of novel, had a bath and went to bed.

I haven't written anything yet today, but I will scribble on the train to Wolverhampton, and I know I'll have time to catch up over the weekend. It's becoming a habit to sit on the bed with the laptop and trundle out 2000 words. Half the time I don't know what will come out; I'm really flying completely blind. But my characters know what they are seeing and doing, and they haven't failed me yet. Yay Jess and Lucy! Oh, and Tony pointed out last night that I am writing a science fiction novel. I hadn't actually noticed. Perhaps I should pay a bit more attention to the programming at Novacon than I was planning to :)

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Day 1 [01 Nov 2004|02:33pm]
[ mood | scared ]

658 words before I got out of bed. Characters are already off doing their own thing, so I'm very glad I didn't bother with detailed plotting. Further 500 words or so on the train, so I'm on track so far. Also terrified at the commitment this is going to take, but I WILL finish it. Oh yes.

Struggling to avoid basing characters too closely on people I know. Some people might recognise themselves yet :)

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Eek, it's nearly November! [31 Oct 2004|09:13pm]
[ mood | excited ]

Off to bath & bed now (nice & early, to make up for partying rather hard last night). I'm starting my novel when my alarm goes off tomorrow morning.

Good luck everybody!

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[29 Oct 2004|09:22pm]
[ mood | determined ]

Hmm. I think I left signup rather late, but I wasn't going to do this. Now I am.

Wish me luck!

My plan is not to write the novel here. If I change my mind about that, it will probably be written in private entries. General wibbling, word counts etc. may well be public (unless anyone does anything to make me regret that). Requests for help and advice are likely to be friends locked, so if I know you, please friend this journal if you'd like to help, and I'll friend you back.

If I don't know you, I probably won't friend you back. No offence, but I'm here to concentrate on the writing rather than finding more friends :)

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