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69% and wanting to chuck it all in the trash... [Nov. 18th, 2004|09:43 pm]
Last of the Wine (After the day's writing is done)

johannsen
[Current Mood |bitchybitchy]

I'm beginning to really loathe NaNoWriMo.

It's not that I want to stop writing (although I'm not pleased with my story at all anymore), I just wish people outside NaNoWriMo understood those of us that are participating. I'm tired of being made to feel guilty just because my time is now at a premium. I'm no longer online from the time I get home to the time I go to bed each night. And if I am online, my attention is no longer undivided on whatever person I'm speaking with at the time. I want to finish this book, good or bad, just to say I accomplished my goal.

But when I get email or phone messages or whatnot saying snarkily, "I know you're writing on your...thing, but this is what I need from you..." or some such thing or get yelled at for not keeping my NaNoWriMo schedule updated on my real journal for all to see and 'obey'...

*sigh*

It's getting old, people. :(

Sorry. Just had to vent.
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(no subject) [Nov. 18th, 2004|07:42 pm]
Last of the Wine (After the day's writing is done)

johannsen
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ughh [Nov. 18th, 2004|02:23 pm]
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dragonlady7
[Current Mood |sad. Very sad.]
[Current Music |A Day Without Rain -- Enya -- A Day Without Rain]

I feel like I'm just about to finish this novel, and yet it continually eludes me. Just a little more, I say, just a little more, another day, I'm close to the end, and the characters just keep talking. Guh!
I'm pretty sure I can wrap it up reasonably soon, but now...

Suddenly I feel like i don't like the story at all.

Am I right in thinking that this is normal and all it means is that I need to finish it and spend a little time away from it?

*meebles pathetically*
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(no subject) [Nov. 16th, 2004|09:16 pm]
Last of the Wine (After the day's writing is done)

johannsen
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Woo! And off to bed I go! [Nov. 16th, 2004|12:23 am]
Last of the Wine (After the day's writing is done)

johannsen
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Nano newsletters [Nov. 15th, 2004|04:55 pm]
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lorie945
Does anyone else here save the weekly nano emails?

I didn't get the Week Two email (probably zapped by Yahoo), and if anyone else is compulsive enough to save and re-read those and wouldn't mind sharing, I'd be grateful.

lauramasonlcs@yahoo.com
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Noooo [Nov. 15th, 2004|01:31 am]
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dragonlady7
[Current Music |Giving It Back -- Matthew Sweet -- 100% Fun]

I'm approaching a plot climax but I'm too sleepy to keep writing!!!!


I dunno, for me it's always been as big a problem to have the discipline to stop writing as it's been to have the discipline to write in the first place.

I'm so sleepy...
But I wanna know what happens!!!


I'm getting really close to the end of the novel, too. The suspense is killing me.
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overanalysis yay!! [Nov. 14th, 2004|06:40 pm]
Last of the Wine (After the day's writing is done)

dragonlady7
[Current Music |I Choose -- The Offspring -- Ixnay On The Hombre]

if i wasn't such a weenie
would you still love me?

(from 'now playing' song)

Was feeling really unmotivated and unproductive (and it wasn't until later that I noticed the scene I'd mentally dismissed as being 'short', i.e. 1000ish words, was actually over 4000-- but doesn't go anywhere and i won't use it in the final version: mixed blessing), so I decided, since I'm keeping rigorous track of my wordcount, that I'd do some Excel-ing of it all and see if I could blind myself with science, as the kids say.

Now, I am not an Excel whiz. Nor can I do math. Or, for that matter, count.

But, with some help from Dave (who can actually count in his head rather than on his fingers), I made a spreadsheet with my wordcount totals by excerpt posted. Each time I've posted an excerpt to my novel journal I've stated the length of the excerpt and the cumulative total. Sometimes I post an excerpt when i've already started writing the next scene, so the next scene gets posted quite quickly afterwards and is very long-- I didn't write the whole thing in the intervening time, and the cumulative wordcount total shows that. (Sometimes it's not until I've started the next scene that I realize there was a scene break. Sometimes I just get into it. Sometimes, I just forget.) And, of course, Livejournal logs what time I made the post. Thus: a record of my progress.

So, I (this was way hard, but I suffer for the science of my art) made graphs of both of those: length of excerpts posted, by hour, and then the other one is cumulative wordcount by hour.
I'm not posting those behind a cut, because they're optimized .gif files so they're quite small.

(To give a time frame, we're about 330.5 hours into NaNoWriMo right now.)


This is a graph showing each of the excerpts I posted. The horizontal axis is the number of hours elapsed since the beginning of NaNoWriMo. The vertical axis is the length, in words, of the excerpt.


This graph shows my total wordcount. The horizontal axis is, again, hours elapsed. The vertical axis is total words.


There are discrepancies; the individual excerpts, I counted the words using the text editor BBEdit, which is consistently about 3% higher. The cumulative, I kept track of in Microsoft Word, which counts lower. I think BBEdit gets thrown off by quotation marks and the such-- it's primarily intended as a code editor and i use it mostly for HTML and things when I want to put something up without weird Word gremlins (special characters gone wrong) in it.


I don't know what these graphs show in particular, except that I've had some extremely bad days and some extremely good ones. The journal is interesting to reread because the days I thought were bad aren't always the ones that were.
I've gotten very little sleep this month, as well, so that might affect it-- next time I do this, I'm also going to journal the # of hours I sleep.

I'm interested to see if there are any patterns about when I'm most productive and what sorts of conditions are optimal. Often I do my best and most intense work when sleep-deprived... but then again, that's also when I waste the most time just staring at nothing and feeling wretched. So... Learning.

Is anyone else doing anything so anal, or do you all have better methods? I know there were various spreadsheets being bandied about but I just... did my own thing, I guess, for better or worse.
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I'm back! Woo! [Nov. 14th, 2004|05:00 pm]
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johannsen
[Current Mood |jubilantjubilant]

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(no subject) [Nov. 14th, 2004|12:04 am]
Last of the Wine (After the day's writing is done)

johannsen
[Current Mood |hopefulhopeful]

I've got to tell you all something. I've been doing everything on this project bass ackwards (grin). I never did an outline before I started writing. I made about a half-page of notes while eating out on the 31st, but that's it. Now that I've hit the 25,000 mark I've hit another brick wall which has been largely caused by the fact that I've reached the end of my story. I wrote the final scene at word 24,987. I simply went back and added 13 words to reach 25,000 on Thursday evening.

So, since I'd written everything I had inside my head that night, I haven't been able to write any more. What to do what to do, right? Well, what I did this evening was to finally write up my outline. And I've found HUGE plot holes! HUGE ones! So now I'm able to write again! I have so many scenes I need to add and know where I need to add them. I'm too emotionally drained (long story...bad evening outside of NaNoWriMo) to really start in tonight, but tomorrow after church and shut-in missions I WILL BE BACK!!!!

*bounce*
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