Open Thread: NaNo Progress

How's it going? And what else have you written lately?

16 comments:

Hyaroo said...

I'm writing an "expanded" version of the Norwegian fairytale "Tatterhood," about an ugly Princess who rides on a goat and fights off entire armies with a wooden ladle. My main aim with the story was to have a first-person narrator of the "Dr. Watson" kind; i.e. a viewpoint character that's active and present in the story but not the actual main character -- a role which I gave her older, adopted (and lesbian) sister, in this story named "Annabel."

I have fallen into a few problems with the story, such as not really managing to develop the titular character enough because the whimsical-and-more-than-a-little-sarcastic Annabel takes up so much of the story, which means the plot doesn't quite get off the ground thanks to all the digressions. I've also fallen way behind schedule thanks to a number of RL things that just had to crop up...

Still, I've written a few scenes I quite like, and even if I don't manage to get all 50 000 words for November, I'm at least going to finish the story. And then do a major rewrite to streamline it a bit.

chris the cynic said...

How's it going?

If I continue at my present pace I'll finish sometime next year.

And what else have you written lately?

Not a lot:
.hack//Sign: Information and Instinct

The Underworld series and the fall of the Lycans - In which I describe how over the course of four movies being a Lycan went from "I am Spartacus, but I win," (if you go with in-universe chronologically first) or "Peace and reconciliation" (if you went with real world chronologically first) to "I am evil. Evilevilevil. Evvviiilll. Let's chop up a twelve year old" (which is most recent both in-universe and in the real world.)

Something that interested me about Underworld that Rise of the Lycans erased - In which I talk about how I'm actually much more interested in the backstory alluded to in Underworld than the revisionist version shown in Rise of the Lycans.

Yes, I did just see the most recent Underworld movie for the first time. (The three others I saw in theaters.)

redsixwing said...

Shameless plug ahead!

22 pages!
I've updated my website, too, so they're even visible. This is the best I've ever done at a NaNo, and if I really crank (read: pull an average of 2 pages every day this week) I'll make my 30.

Woot!

hidden_urchin said...

I've been done with my novel for the past ten days or so. Now I'm really just going back through and tying together the two stories. (I've got two protagonists with interlocking story arcs. I wrote one and then the other and now I've got to match them up.) Anyway, it topped out at about 51000 words.

esmerelda_ogg said...

Yay you!!

Angelia Sparrow said...

I'm almost to 35K. I'm writing a serialized novel, which is kind of a cross-time League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. People from a variety eras (a medicine show man, a post-apoc priest, a mercenary, a freedom fighter, etc) have been removed from their place just before their deaths, trained by aliens who have lived side by side with humans since the dawn of time, and sent to destroy a human supremacist group that has taken over a town.

I'm also working on comedic gay space pirates, shamelessly cribbing Captain Blood. Cliff Cody has been stripped of his rank, sent to an inescapable prison planet, escaped with some help, been taken by pirates and turned into a commercial spokesperson by the pirate captain. Now he's been abducted on the eve of his wedding, and being very well behaved, so his captors don't hurt eitehr of his husbands-to-be.

esmerelda_ogg said...

I'm up to 34500 NaNo words - in other words, way behind. I lost all of Thanksgiving week for various family-related reasons; now my goal is to see how much I can write between tomorrow morning and Friday. (Ulp. Friday.)

But it's been a pretty successful writing month anyhow. I've posted at least a little something on my blog most days, and wrote several 100-word stories for various weekly challenges. And most important and exciting, I've learned that if I devote several hours every single day to writing (it's important to keep up the momentum), I can reliably produce 1000 to 2000 words a day.

I cannot begin to tell you how much that thrills me. But if you're the kind of person who gets involved in NaNo, or who is likely to be reading this thread, you probably understand. Best of luck to all of you!

Randall M said...

I'm not doing Nanowrimo, but so far this month I've done about 5000 words on the piece I've been working on since August, and that satisfies me just fine (I'm a bit short of 20 000 words all told). At this rate, I can have a nano-sized piece done in less than a year.

BaseDeltaZero said...

Lol, NaNoWriMo. I'm lucky if I can write 1000 words per month...

I like to write, but man, I seem to write so slowly...

Holly Folly said...

I've been lurking here a while, but I am coming out of the wood work to say 39K. So close and yet so far. Luckily this is the first thing I have ever written that seems to have both plot and character development. Together. At the same time. I am hoping if I can bust butt this week I can get to 50k although the book won't be done then, but I'll be within 10K. So close...

CleverNamePending said...

I have been writing nothing except for NaNo (my poor neglected blog) but I'm a little bit ahead (47k*) and I'm hoping to hit 50k by the end of today. My real goal is to finish off two story arks by the 30th, which I'm not so confident I can do. Probably going to cause my laptop keyboard to ignite again trying.

*Apparently I can't read numbers. I was at 43k, but I'm 46k now and hope to get to 47 by the end of the day.

Anna said...

40k on my Narnia fanfic. And because my Pevensies realise that you don't just hunt your subjects for fun, they're currently discussing the difference between hunting a talking Animal with normal weapons and hunting a magical wish-granting White Stag with non-lethal weapons when said Stag has given explicit consent to the hunt in question.

(This also has the nice side-effect of letting me explain why Susan's bow is still sitting in Cair Paravel during Prince Caspian, rather than lost in the middle of the forest along with her horn: she's not going to take the bow out on the hunt because it's too likely to cause serious harm to the Stag. She'll be using low-velocity tranquilliser-dart-like weapons only, thank you very much)

depizan said...

Terrible! I've gotten hopelessly stuck on a scene - partly because I know more about the 'verse than the characters, partly because they either accept a solution too easily or refuse to accept one at all. (I know, I know, one's not supposed to be revising while NaNoing. I didn't say I was doing it right.) Conflicting loyalties are a pain in the ass.

Dav said...

I'm sick (again!) with some sort of respiratory thing. It's not anything exciting, just garden variety viral mix, I think, but it's kind of amazing how much it's taken out of me.
And thank goodness Thanksgiving is over. All I have to do is keep my head down and stay out of stores until January, and we'll be good.
I've been thinking about starting a blog - in my "free" time, ha ha - but we'll see how that goes.

Frenchroast said...

My nano has fallen victim to an influx of work and family stuff. I think what I'm going to do is try to write 1k a day through the end of the year, and see how that goes. The main reason I wanted to tackle NaNo again was to get back in the habit of writing, and while I've improved slightly on that, I need to be better about it.

Aidan Bird said...

I've been trying to write a tragedy... slightly for cathartic purposes but also for the challenge. Except writing some scenes has left me in tears, so now I'm just floundering around writing the less sad scenes and wondering if maybe I'll have to shelve this for some other day, when I'm ready to try again.

November has also been the month of bad news for me, of taking tests in hopes of grad school, and working overtime, so I haven't been able to write as much as I'd like. Am also suffering from depression and thinking that I'm a pretty useless human being that always says everything wrong, which is why I really do need to try to write something -- for that helps me combat it.

So I bought a book of poetry, and am going to go analyze it, and try to knock some words out by writing poetry that cover a lot of the same themes from my NaNo project. I can do this more easily on my breaks at work than writing the novel, so it's a good compromise I think.

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