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National Novel Writing Month 2019: When in doubt, write Nanomachines!

plagiarize

To its ports I have been
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Oct 25, 2017
9,408
Cape Cod, MA
WC: 22821

My wife turns in early on Friday nights as she has to be at work at 7am on Saturday mornings, so it makes sense for me to wait until after she turns in on a Friday. It's cold in the house, and I'm done for the night, but overall I think I do prefer writing late. Work and various other things make it difficult most nights. My writing tonight had a lot of stuff that's probably going to bore the hell out of other people, about text anti aliasing techniques. But hey. It made sense for the story.


I can't believe the goal is near and I need another 25k-30k words to complete the novel...
WC: 30282

My life is going to become crazy starting next week as it usually does this time of year so I'm going to try and finish this book by Tuesday if at all possible. If not get so far away I can maybe crank it out over Thanksgiving.
No such luck here. I'm on act one still, and this puppy has four acts total. This draft is probably going to end up north of 100,000 words before I'm done. I'll try to keep pace until then, of course, and I expect that's going to mean I keep going into mid December. I need to come up with shorter ideas maybe.
 

W-00

Member
Oct 27, 2017
2,263
WC: 15100

Well, that's a bit of an awkward place to stop for the day, but it's a nice number and I know what I want to happen and won't forget it.

It's nice when the story itself reveals characters it needs and naturally introduces them. For example, one of the brigands my characters just encountered, who was intended as nothing but a fire-and-forget sub-boss, has told me that he's actually going to turn on the rest of his group and present himself as an ally while in truth actually working for a far more important enemy. That enemy was only connected to one of the characters, so getting to know (and eventually be betrayed by) one of his subordinates will add more of a personal feeling to that section.
 

zulux21

Member
Oct 25, 2017
7,668
WC: 22821

My wife turns in early on Friday nights as she has to be at work at 7am on Saturday mornings, so it makes sense for me to wait until after she turns in on a Friday. It's cold in the house, and I'm done for the night, but overall I think I do prefer writing late. Work and various other things make it difficult most nights. My writing tonight had a lot of stuff that's probably going to bore the hell out of other people, about text anti aliasing techniques. But hey. It made sense for the story.





No such luck here. I'm on act one still, and this puppy has four acts total. This draft is probably going to end up north of 100,000 words before I'm done. I'll try to keep pace until then, of course, and I expect that's going to mean I keep going into mid December. I need to come up with shorter ideas maybe.
assuming you are writing something like fantasy. After editing you will likely be able to get that just south of 100k which is a fine range for such a book.

if it makes you feel any better my work this month is basically writing words 110k-160k of a book :P
 

Evilisk

Member
Oct 25, 2017
1,387
Had to focus on some uni work for the past few days.

WC: 12,662

Despite underestimating the word count, I think I'm three chapters away from story 1 being done.
 
Oct 25, 2017
419
WC: 7427

I'm woefully behind. My inner editor/critic is going on a rampage, which isn't surprising considering I've been in editing/critique mode for the past two years working on my friend's novel with her. I'm also pretty much pantsing, which I'm not great at.

Some of the tips in this thread are helpful. I've been focusing on dialogue too much, and I don't have nearly enough descriptions. I might switch from first person to third person and see if that helps at all.

I have the next three days off, so I'm going to hopefully write 3-4k a day to catch up.

If anyone has advice for forcing the words out/links to fun prompts/advice, I'm all ears. :)
 

plagiarize

To its ports I have been
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Oct 25, 2017
9,408
Cape Cod, MA
WC: 7427

I'm woefully behind. My inner editor/critic is going on a rampage, which isn't surprising considering I've been in editing/critique mode for the past two years working on my friend's novel with her. I'm also pretty much pantsing, which I'm not great at.

Some of the tips in this thread are helpful. I've been focusing on dialogue too much, and I don't have nearly enough descriptions. I might switch from first person to third person and see if that helps at all.

I have the next three days off, so I'm going to hopefully write 3-4k a day to catch up.

If anyone has advice for forcing the words out/links to fun prompts/advice, I'm all ears. :)
It sounds like you're already on the right track. Frankly, if I wasn't trying to get out words, I'd have stalled out days ago to better plot this thing (and to have less paragraphs about stuff like the pros and cons of different anti aliasing techniques for rendering text), but to keep up my pace, I've got to go with the version of the story that's in front of me, not stop to try and find the idealized version of it that isn't.

My first NaNo in 2016 only had a few rough spots, plotting wise. The third act (of five). I had to toss out a chapter and a half and change tracks (I know you're not supposed to do that with NaNo, but it was soooo not working). My second in 2017 around October 20th, I had a spark of inspiration that answered all my questions, and by November 1st I had all the twists and turns plotted out and ready to go.

This year I have not been so lucky, and it's been a different experience. However, I think I get too obsessed with the 'perfect' plot, and when projects get away from me it takes me years to start a new one. NaNo isn't letting that happen. I've got to keep going. Maybe it won't be the best thing I wrote, but it'll be finished and I can move on to something else if I don't think this draft is worth revisiting. Maybe I'm underselling the idea. My two readers seem very intrigued and into what I've got so far. But either way, so long as I finish it, that's the main thing for me. Early next year I plan on taking that 2017 draft and working it up for self publishing (I took last year off to work up the 2016 draft and self published it earlier this year). Next NaNo? I plan on revisiting a concept I got 100,000 plus words deep into before it got away from me made me afraid to start something new for years.

Because I think NaNo forces me to keep moving forwards. Maybe it won't be the perfect plot structure. Maybe it won't have the most elegant ending. But this years idea is worth exploring, and that shelved concept is worth another go at, even if it means mostly starting over.

Let B follow A and C follow B and don't worry too much about how you get to Z. Your characters will nudge you in directions. Don't second guess it on a NaNo. Keep going. My first act is close to its crescendo. My problematic second act outline is filling up with day to day stuff, character stuff that's just shaken out of exploring the people and situations I set up, and I think I've got enough plot intrigue to soldier on.
 

Grudy

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Oct 29, 2017
1,132
WC: 14676

I could not have possibly written faster than I did today. Mostly rubbish but oh well. *rushes back to death stranding*
 

Stevo

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Jan 29, 2019
72
I have nothing added to the nano site. It is janky as all get out for me this year no matter what device or browser I try. :(
 

plagiarize

To its ports I have been
Moderator
Oct 25, 2017
9,408
Cape Cod, MA
WC: 26227

More than halfway to the target! Maybe a quarter of the way towards the end of the novel! Mayyyyybe.

I'm really happy with one detail I just yanked out of nowhere tonight. One character hid a short message for another by spoofing a MAC address and ensuring that the manufacturer portion of it wasn't any real manufacturer. This clued the other character into the fact it was spoofed, and from that they figured out that it was actually a short hexadecimal ascii value pointing them to a hiding place.

Not sure if anyone else will find any of this interesting, but hey. I was proud of myself.
 

Xita

Avenger
Oct 27, 2017
4,865
WC: 36,988

In the home stretch now. Might keep going after 50k to be honest now that I’ve found a rhythm. I’ll just drastically lower my daily word count Lol
 

Man God

Member
Oct 25, 2017
21,611
WC: 32103. I figured out the climax today but not quite stuck where I'm going to end this volume. Gotta keep the stakes fairly low the first time around or else I'll just have to top it over and over again if I ever continue writing these tales.
 

Timu

Member
Oct 25, 2017
4,218
WC: 50315

I hit the goal. This is my best record for amount of days(9) as I beat last year's record by a whole week(7 exact days). Also, this is the best Nano ever for me, period.

The novel is nowhere near done, I'm on Chapter 15 and there's 25 Chapters so another 25-30k words would have to complete it. This would make it the longest novel I would ever complete.
 

Xita

Avenger
Oct 27, 2017
4,865
WC: 50315

I hit the goal. This is my best record for amount of days(9) as I beat last year's record by a whole week(7 exact days). Also, this is the best Nano ever for me, period.

The novel is nowhere near done, I'm on Chapter 15 and there's 25 Chapters so another 25-30k words would have to complete it. This would make it the longest novel I would ever complete.
Congrats!
 

Sonicbug

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Oct 26, 2017
571
WC: 12257

AHhhhhhh. I keep falling further behind. I need to write earlier in the day.

Holy Crap Timu, you're a machine. Congrats.
 

Narag

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Oct 25, 2017
1,311
WC: 9500

Getting back into the groove of things. Should probably do this more than once a year so I don't end up so rusty every time.
 

GSR

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Oct 25, 2017
797
WC: 9985

Work and IRL issues have been hitting me like a truck the last few days. Quite frankly, I'm already kind of at "I'll see what gets done this month, and it's OK if it's not near 50k."
 

PKthndr

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Oct 25, 2017
1,414
WC: 17932

Book is really rolling now, though it took me a while to do so today.
WC: 50315

I hit the goal. This is my best record for amount of days(9) as I beat last year's record by a whole week(7 exact days). Also, this is the best Nano ever for me, period.

The novel is nowhere near done, I'm on Chapter 15 and there's 25 Chapters so another 25-30k words would have to complete it. This would make it the longest novel I would ever complete.
Wow amazing job! This is impressive, and I don't think I could ever hit 50K in 9 days. Congratulations!
 

Timu

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Oct 25, 2017
4,218
WC: 17932

Book is really rolling now, though it took me a while to do so today.


Wow amazing job! This is impressive, and I don't think I could ever hit 50K in 9 days. Congratulations!
Yeah I did way better than I thought, I never expected to do it this quick but I really got into the spirit of really sticking to writing a lot, and having no writer's block helped with that too. Thanks man.
 

W-00

Member
Oct 27, 2017
2,263
WC: 17000

It's surprisingly hard to write a decent fight scene when you haven't decided on your MC's power set. Or is that actually not a surprise at all and just something I should have thought about before committing to a fight scene and I kind of hate myself for not doing it?
 

Ivy Veritas

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Jan 5, 2019
45
After day 9,

WC: 15056

I was hoping to be more than 56 words ahead of the benchmark, but today's scene came slowly for some reason.
 
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FlowersisBritish
Oct 25, 2017
2,693
WC: 50315

I hit the goal. This is my best record for amount of days(9) as I beat last year's record by a whole week(7 exact days). Also, this is the best Nano ever for me, period.

The novel is nowhere near done, I'm on Chapter 15 and there's 25 Chapters so another 25-30k words would have to complete it. This would make it the longest novel I would ever complete.
Congrats!

 
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FlowersisBritish
Oct 25, 2017
2,693
Also as a heads up we'll be having a writing hangout over the discord voice channel in a little less than 3 hours (So 4pm est). Format is about ten minutes of chitchat, half an hour of writing, rinse and repeat for two hours. Its a fun productive time. Perfect for someone who's falling about 6k words behind (like me). Hope to see you there!!
 

King Alamat

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Nov 22, 2017
2,395
WC: 50315

I hit the goal. This is my best record for amount of days(9) as I beat last year's record by a whole week(7 exact days). Also, this is the best Nano ever for me, period.

The novel is nowhere near done, I'm on Chapter 15 and there's 25 Chapters so another 25-30k words would have to complete it. This would make it the longest novel I would ever complete.
Congratulations and holy shit.