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05-11-2002, 17:13:29
Since no one else has posted this:

I know there are some writers here. And I know at least one is participating in NaNoWriMo (http://www.nanowrimo.org). Plus there's me, who started her book on Oct 27th. If I'd waited 5 days, I would've forgotten what I meant to write, and I can't enter previously-started material into NaNoWriMo, so I'm just going for 50,000 words anyhow.

If anyone wants to post their progress and be cheered on, feel free. I can't be the only one who wants to share!

-- Kory (November: 16903. Total: 26459)
edited to fix too many backspaces

05-11-2002, 17:15:17
that would be www.nanowrimo.com ;)

05-11-2002, 17:18:42
Or www.nanowrimo.org

Kory, actually, some guy on the boards just asked if it was OK if he carried on with something but started his word count at 0 for November. The general consensus was: as long as you’re open about it, we don’t care. There was another person who had the gall to enter something they finished before November (!).

05-11-2002, 17:36:35
Eh, the FAQs say "No works in progress allowed", and that's what I was going with. It doesn't much matter. "Unofficial" or not, I'm publically committed on two web fora to doing 50,000 words in November. :)

-- Kory (A third of the way there girl.)

05-11-2002, 17:42:02
Well, that wasn’t the official position, just the thoughts of NaNoids (NaNobots? NaNologists?).

06-11-2002, 01:50:53
Hmm, the last words of the day which just scraped over the minimum words per day target (I need to do more than that as I’m behind, though) were ‘…you’re boring. Boring boring boring.’

06-11-2002, 10:16:18
What's that 1700 words a day or so? Damn, this is a good idea. I think I might do it if they have it again next year.

06-11-2002, 17:29:29
1666 words a day if you start on November 1st.

If you started today, you'd have to do 2000 words a day. Still quite do-able, even if I didn't do it yesterday.

-- Kory (Word count later, I didn't finish a chapter so it's not recorded yet.)

06-11-2002, 20:08:36
First two words today: ‘am not’. So predictable.

07-11-2002, 14:08:03
Current total: 19605 in November.

The last words I wrote: rather imposing-looking cross.

I'll be back on the 12th.

-- Kory (Don't know how much I'll write while I'm gone.)

07-11-2002, 22:24:13
Well, that’s the thing. 19,605 so far in November is roughly 2,800 per day. I had my best day yesterday, with just over 2,000. That brought me closer to on target than I have been, but still behind.

Today might be good, though: I had three characters just waiting for something to happen, which is not good. (Each chapter has a scene with the one set of characters, a scene with another, and then an as-yet-unexplained scene with ever-changing scenarios and characters. I force myself to do them in order, too, so it doesn’t overbalance. Anyway.) I made up a word game for them to play which basically involved them repeating quotations at each other for 300 words (yes, I’m thinking in word count, like a good NaNobot).

07-11-2002, 23:08:43
Funkodrom, just in case you didn’t get it the first time: you can still join, and you don’t have to go that much faster. I’m sure there’s an idea somewhere in that tin-foil head of yours.

07-11-2002, 23:32:14
That goes for the rest of you, too. If you start tomorrow, it’s only 2272.72 recurring per day. Yeah, that’s more thna me, but you’re better than me. Go on.

08-11-2002, 02:32:08
I passed 10,000, and only a day late! Woo yeah!

08-11-2002, 10:03:55
Originally posted by Sean
Funkodrom, just in case you didn’t get it the first time: you can still join, and you don’t have to go that much faster. I’m sure there’s an idea somewhere in that tin-foil head of yours.

Yes but I have so much going on in November that I haven't got time for a mega project like that as well.

08-11-2002, 13:02:09
That’s actually the point.

08-11-2002, 13:41:18
Yeah, I know. What I really mean is that I have a lot of creative stuff that I'm doing in my spare time that I'd rather concentrate on at the moment.

Got band recordings, rehearsals and promo, gig reviews for this magazine. I could try and write 2000 words of a novel as well but things like, for instance, the reviews, take time to get to a high quality.

08-11-2002, 18:28:24
I will not write 50k words and spare the world the suffering that would surely follow from anyone trying to read it.

13-11-2002, 22:15:39
While on vacation I got very little done (and much of the writing I did get done was on a short story rather than the book), but here's my "as of last night" totals: 22,219 in November, 31775 on the book in total. I'm currently working on Chapter 9 (which is, of course, the 11th chapter).

-- Kory (Short story: 2407 words and probably about a third of the way done.)

14-11-2002, 01:37:45
Heh, I just wrote ‘venom killed him.’

14-11-2002, 14:28:06
I've never paid much attention to word counts as I don't consider them a relevant indicator of progress, but all these numbers flying around made me curious where my work in progress falls.

The good news: I've just passed 30,000 words

The bad news: I'm still working on chapter one.

I think I see some editing in my future. ;)

14-11-2002, 16:53:59
Bearing in mind that chapters are arbitrary, I'd still have to agree. Either it's taken you 30,000 words to advance the book one plot point, in which case you better have only a few more of those left, or you and I determine what constitutes a chapter differently.

-- Kory (Sick, no writing)

14-11-2002, 19:04:53
I think it's mostly that I've written a short story instead of a chapter. It was meant to be just an introductory little adventure to meet the characters and see some sights (like the beginning of a Bond movie), but it turned out to be too much fun a setting to play around in and ran off with itself.

Future chapters I've got planned are much more specific and should be much shorter and to the point.

I'm not convinced that it's an invalid beginning, but won't know for sure until I see how long the rest of the story takes me. You can tell me yourself as I should finish it up this weekend and can send it to you for evaluation. (Just a little light reading ;))

14-11-2002, 22:16:26
Hey Guy! My mailbox wouldn't reject your first chapter/short story! Of course, I'd give you some feedback about it, in exchange, if you were interested. :D

15-11-2002, 07:08:26
Okay, despite feeling as if I've replaced my head with this giant balloon of congestion, I managed to get a LITTLE done today, but I'm still on the same chapter I started Monday. This has got to stop. Granted, this chapter is going to be on the long side as my chapters go, but still... I've done 3300 words in 4 days, that's just not enough.

Tomorrow I look for stronger decongestants.

-- Kory (off to grab a couple more hours of sleep)

15-11-2002, 21:09:56
November total: 23633
Congestion level: 50% and falling
Current optimism says: I'll try to do 10,000 words this weekend to make up for the dead days

You may all laugh now.

-- Kory (Also, I think I'm going to go out to dinner tonight somewhere I can sit and write afterwards.)

15-11-2002, 21:30:18
Cool! Best of luck over the weekend and hope you feel better.

15-11-2002, 21:52:16
20,827 so far. I figure if I make myself write the minimum each day then inspiration will come, but it hasn’t yet. Looking at my natty little spreadsheet I can report the following stats:

Average words per day: 1,488.
Required words per day (not including today because I haven’t started yet): 1,823.
Average words per hour: 647.
Best day: 6 November; 2,025 words.
Worst day: 2 November; 0 words.
Fastest day: 9 November; 2,015 words in 2 hours; 1,007.5 words per hour.
Days below 1,667 words: 3; 1 November, 2 November, 8 November.

Procrastinate, me?

Guy: word count is useful for getting stuff done by giving you a tangible target to aim for. Maybe you don’t need that, but I sure as hell do :).

15-11-2002, 22:53:34
You keep track of way more than I do, Sean. I keep track of words per day, for the most part (I have a two day set I'm not sure how much was done which day), but hours writing? Since I tend to sneak in writing whenever I can, er, no.

But, let's see...

Average words per day: 1688 (not counting today)
Average words per non-vacation days off: 2148
Best day: 7368 [Nov 3]
Worst day: 0 [Nov 8, 9, 10, 12] (Of which 3 were vacation days)
Worst day with anything written: 551 [Nov 13]
Required to finish (counting today): 1648/day

Which, all in all, seems quite manageable if I can stop being sick now.

Sean, if you can do 1000 words in an hour, that's pretty good. I bet you could still hit your goal with a couple really good days to make up for the slower ones.

-- Kory (Go us!)

15-11-2002, 23:06:36
I am currently working on the dodgy maths of always dragging the average words per day up until it hits 1,667, rather than going for the required words per day.

The spreadhseet I am using is here: http://mockerybird.com/nanowrimo-report-card.xls . It’s wonderful for procrastination. When things are going slow I try to encourage myself by writing a sentence and updating the word count, then writing another and updating again.

I am hoping for some good days, yes. I doubt I’d ever manage even 3,000 in a day, though, let alone 7,000 :eek:.

15-11-2002, 23:53:50
Bah. When I started, I said: "1666 words a day? Where am I going to find time for that on a regular basis??" Then I promptly exceeded it. I bet you could manage a few 3000 word days. Do you have an outline? If not, I highly recommend giving yourself a day off to try to write out a basic one. Mine's 3-4 sentences per chapter, just a basic "This event, this person thinks this, looks into this possibility, this red herring shows up" sort of thing. It's amazing what that couple of sentences can lead to in terms of actual book verbiage.

And remember, don't worry about quality. Get the ideas there, in order, in some rough resemblance to the English language that can later be edited into the smooth work of prose you really would like to have. :)

-- Kory (Remember, two or three 3000 word days lowers your daily average considerably!)

16-11-2002, 03:53:31
:D GO KORY! :)

16-11-2002, 03:56:57
No, I don’t have a written outline, but I know where things are going in general. If I felt I could spare the day from grinding out the words I would but I don’t. A bit of a catch-22, actually: I need an outline to write faster, but I can only write it if I write faster to give myself a day off.

I’m not worrying about quality, believe me :). The amount of superfluous words I’ve included is incredible.

17-11-2002, 22:51:34
Okay, just a quick story for you, then. Once upon a time, I had an idea for a book, and decided to just start writing the story. I managed to do a grand total of about 6000 words before I fizzled out, with no outline and no idea where it was really supposed to go from there. It took me a week and a half to do it.

This time, I wrote an outline, which took me all of 3 hours to put together; I wrote a couple paragraphs of the basic plot points of the story, then managed to separate it into chapters. You are seeing the result of that.

I'm not saying outlines are magic, but they're way more likely to see you over the humps than a lack of one. I won't cajole you further, but for me it made a HUGE difference.

BTW: 5433 words yesterday.

-- Kory (November total: 29066. Book total: 38622)

18-11-2002, 03:31:04
Just passed 30,000 words for November, and 40,000 on the book. My weekend count is 6957, which means if I can fit in another chapter by the end of the night, I should get my 10k or more. The problem is, I'm at a point in my outline that is a little vague, an in-betweener sort of thing, so I don't nkow if I can do another whole chapter tonight. The good news is, I have a second POV character now (who in retrospect I probably should've introduced earlier, but that can wait until 2nd draft), and so I'm not stuck just following Sarah around.

It looks like I'm only going to hit about 60-65,000 words on this draft, but on the plus side, I already know how I'm going to fill that out a bit more.

-- Kory (Chapter 12 awaits.)

18-11-2002, 18:04:28
I think I will do an outline on Wednesday. I’ve been going on sheer momentum for a while now but I’ve hit half-way and things need to pick up a bit.

19-11-2002, 16:23:23
I wrote 138 on Monday but 3,230 yesterday. I think that counts as good on average.

19-11-2002, 17:32:14
Woo! Told you you could have a 3000 word day! Break out the pom-poms!

I didn't hit my goal for the weekend but I blame being sick. I'm now at 32561, though, so my remaining words/day is well under my average (and even more under my 'less vacation' average).

-- Kory (Working on outlining the book after this)

21-11-2002, 01:02:57
11/19 = slow; 1039 words. (Yes, I know, I still broke a thousand words, but it's below my average.) Tough chapter to finish, next is an even tougher one that needs started. Hopefully tonight. It's the transition from "someone around here is the culprit" to "I'm really beginning to think this person is the culprit" for my protagonist, and I'm having some trouble figuring out exactly how to make it work.

21-11-2002, 01:14:27
Right then, I wrote an outline of all the chapters so far + the ones needed to finish, which made me realise how poorly-paced this thing is. Never mind, eh?

Slow days since that 3,000 word day, unfortunately, but the outline has certainly helped me speed up now.

21-11-2002, 15:49:15
Pacing can be fixed on 2nd draft. I sat down and realized that the first occurrence of certain characters is too late in the book, and the fact that the story involves the paranormal isn't clear until nearly halfway through; both of these should be fixed.

I did less than 250 words yesterday. For some reason, I'm really stuck on how to get this chapter out. I'll try again tonight. Lots of work to do today.

21-11-2002, 20:58:27
Hah! I figured out how to move the chapter forward! Go me!

BTW, I was wrong; I did more words yesterday than I thought (only by a little). My Nov count is now 33937, which puts me a little behind, but I think I'll be able to catch up without problem now that this little block is kaput.

-- Kory (Assuming I don't forget by the time I'm done working on 8 journals today.)

21-11-2002, 21:54:00
...and there was much rejoicing...

[little Monty Python guys waving flags] *Yay!* [\little Monty Python guys waving flags]

21-11-2002, 23:04:55
Just for fun, try this: http://www.wordcounter.com/

I get:
look 146
light 120
just 115
go 106
said 101
time 100
back 91
alice 78
he’d 78
one 75
see 73
thought 72
know 71
mary 70
did 68
day 67
don’t 63
sunil 62
down 61
want 60
didn’t 58
think 58
‘i 55
i’m 54
douglas 53

21-11-2002, 23:37:30
I actually wrote a perl script that would count the number of occurrences of a specific word, which has been interesting (although I just discovered it's flawed, need to work on that) but this is cool, too.

Let's see. Using the "include small words" and "use only roots" options, not counting Chapter 12, which I don't have an upload of yet, the top 5 are:

the 2179
to 1114
a 955
and 902
she 838

The rest of the top words are: I, of, was, it, you, her, in, that, sarah, but, for, he, on, had, do, at, with, if, be, as, up, not, have, this, out, were, did, just, we, they, would, there, is, so, about, look, one, know, his, get, no, what, go, could, back

Taking away "include small words", I get:
sarah 388
did 179
just 179
look 150
one 150

And then: know, get, go, back, kid, said, thought, she'd, time, want, church, jeff, down, ask, think, call, good, probably, well, something, off, really, still, sure, take, day, someone, nodded, few, come, turn, got, little, might, talk, maybe, woman, thing, much, make, work, right, enough, put

22-11-2002, 01:07:11
I just spent over an hour writing a tool in perl that will:

1) Find the frequency of a specific word in a file, or
2) List the ENTIRE set of words in a file sorted by
2a) most-to-least occurrences (default)
2b) least-to-most occurrences
2c) alphabetically by word, or
3) List a specified number of any of those sorted counts, and
4) Optionally dump any of those results to file

Why do I only do these things on my busiest days?

-- Kory (Should do some work from home tonight...)

24-11-2002, 07:49:12
Okay. I demand more updates.

Me? I'm at 39661.

-- Kory (Novel total: 49219)

25-11-2002, 08:11:12
Sunday's word count: 5051

Two chapters left, which'll probably put me at 51k or so, 60k for the novel. Looks like my revision is going to have to add at least 10-15k to make it saleable.

-- Kory (Which is fine; I've already got a couple chapters' worth of addition in mind.)

02-12-2002, 13:53:14
And dead on. 51k for November, 60k for the novel.

-- Kory (See, didn't go away, just been a little distracted.)

02-12-2002, 16:27:42
Woohoo! Go Kory!

No idea of word count, but wrote around 10 pages over the holiday, some of which was even related! Did a lot of outline work and have chapters 2 and 3 well on their way. Lots of ideas and enthusiasm now, which is good. Hope to have a sizable chunk of something done by the new year. Then, I just have to hope that it doesn't all suck! :)

03-12-2002, 04:58:42
Way to go Kory!

Hey Guy! Congrats, and keep at it!
Hehehehe... some of it related. ;)

10-12-2002, 16:01:53
Anyone else remember Kory? What happened? :(

26-12-2002, 19:58:35
Busy month, and I haven't been writing.

I have now made my writing bLog public-access, as of today. People who are interested in updates can visit there, for the big chunks of time I don't make it over here for whatever reason.



06-02-2003, 16:23:35
Get back to writing Kory!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


I'll probably make my deadline at the end of February to finish writing my book. Then I just need to draw all the pictures.

03-03-2003, 23:08:39
I was. As you'll see when you catch up on threads here.

-- Kory (My new avatar is my protagonist.)