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merrak

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Anyone participating in Nanowrimo this year? (If you've never heard of it, the goal is to write a 50,000 word novel in the month of November) I haven't done it in a long time, but I did win last time I participated  8) My wife is trying it for the first time and so I joined her. I write everything in TeX, so I won't get a word count until I convert to plain text at the end of the month. So far I'm about twenty pages in. I'm trying something new and writing a science fiction novel. World-building is a bit more challenging than I thought it'd be.


merrak

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I got curious and checked my word count. I fell way behind par (4,000 of 8,333 words for 11/5). Whoops! Should've kept a closer eye on it, I thought I was writing a lot more than I was.

I managed to catch up, though. I'm now at 8,100. Now I know I need to get 150 pages output from PDFLaTeX. I'm feeling pretty good about the story right now. If I'm feeling adventurous I'll write a couple more drafts and shoot off a query letter.


NobodyX

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I don't like writing enough to do NaNoWriMo myself, but I find it really fascinating. I think just making a ton of stuff without having time to edit is a great idea.
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merrak

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I liken Nanowrimo to Ludum Dare, although Nanowrimo doesn't have judging. (Not complaining--I wouldn't want to read twenty novel first drafts, nor would I want anyone reading my first draft :P)

It's a break I really needed. I've been so focused on the isometric renderer I've been working on that I was burning out and progressing slowly. I think an occasional stretching the old other-side-of-the-brain is necessary from time to time. Staying focused on one project has its merits, but so does sanity.


merrak

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What are you up to now?

About to hit the 24,000 mark 8)* The problem with November is the Thanksgiving holiday (at least in the US) and midterms. I guess no month is perfect, though.

* Speaking of writing, what's the proper way to punctuate after an emoticon? Does the punctuation go before or after?

NickamonPoppytail

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What are you up to now?

About to hit the 24,000 mark 8)* The problem with November is the Thanksgiving holiday (at least in the US) and midterms. I guess no month is perfect, though.

* Speaking of writing, what's the proper way to punctuate after an emoticon? Does the punctuation go before or after?

Whenever I use emoticons, I just don't use punctuation to end the sentence, and treat the emoticon as that. It's just what I do and everyone else I've seen does, but I'm not actually sure.



merrak

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Now that Nanowrimo is over, did you finish, Merrak?

Yep 8)

Well, I hit 50,000 words. I still need to finish the draft.