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My (Possibly) Epic NaNoWriMo Live Blog

4 Nov

(NB: If you don’t know what the premise of this is, then scroll down the my last post or visit the challenge post on Let The Words Flow)

4th November

00:05: Midnight, yay! Time to start writing!

00:06: …or possibly to finish doing my seminar reading for tomorrow. Back in a bit!

00:14: Back to the internet to tweet about this challenge. MUST.DO.BETTER.

00:15: On the plus side, I only have ten pages to read, then I can dedicate my life to NaNo for a while.

00:42: Seminar reading done, time to start writing. I only hope that trade unions and the class system don’t start creeping into my novel!

00:44: I guess closing Facebook would be helpful…

00:51: Realise that someone has commented on this post. Squeal with delight. Writing abandoned once again.

00:57: 100 words in, I appear to have made up a word. Joy.

01:16: 600 words, I’m on a roll! Getting sleepy though…

01:34: 1000 words and fading fast. I think I’ll try to hit 1667 and then call it a night.

01:40: Start thinking about time-zones and the concept of today and tomorrow. Very interesting, but not helpful for my word count!

01:59: Just finished a major scene with 1400 words. Do I go on and try to hit 1667?

02:01: The parade of drunken students coming home from the clubs has just started passing my window. Guess that answers my question: if I’m not sleeping, then I may as well be writing!

02:03: Typing the words ‘Chapter 2’ into my Word document is genuinely the most exciting thing to have happened to me for a while!

02:09: What’s this? Kate Walsh has a new vlog up? Farewell, productivity!

02:32: Got a bit carried away with my last scene and am now at 1,938. Time to call it a night! *yawn*

11:30: Writing? Academic work? Writing? Academic work?

12:47: Ooooh, new episode of Private Practice?? MUST. WATCH.

16:03: I’m BACK!! One hour of procrastination and two of lectures down, and it’s time to tackle the word count!

16:04: Might just check out what the other LFTW bloggers are doing first though…

16:18: Holy crap, there are people in the US with higher word counts than me! *panics*

16:27: Hit 2000 words. Squeal with delight.

16:28: Realise that everyone in the computer room is now staring at me. Attempt to hide under the desk.

16:29: Note to self: Hiding under the desk is not a good way to stop people staring at you!

16:35: Think I might be overdoing the description in this particular scene. Fighting urge to delete…

16:55: The words are coming more slowly now than they were last night. Got up to 2269 though!

17:16: Time off from writing to discuss satanic parakeets with my friend on Facebook Chat. Wonder if I could get away with writing them into the novel…

17:34: Up to 2694 words now, and starting to wish that I’d set my target at 3000 so that I’d be closer to it!

17:36: Time for dinner now, will return to the word count later!

18:56: Eating pizza and watching Sabrina the Teenage Witch with my friend. Word count, what word count?

23:14: Pizza and Sabrina have turned into a night playing Articulate with friends. Unfortunately, this has had a detrimental effect on the live blogging. Have a NaNo meet-up tomorrow, so may be live blogging through that.

5th November

02:12: I know I’ve failed the challenge, but am going to try to hit 4000 before I go to bed, and will live blog while I’m doing it. Here goes…

02:27: Hit 3000 (actually nearly 3100). I really should have set my target lower…

02:28: Oooh, straw wrapper!

02:29: Playing with the straw wrapper has given me an idea for my next scene. Inspiration really does come from the strangest places!

02:46: 500 words to go, and shamelessly stealing ideas from Outnumbered. I have a feeling that this will become a running theme. (If anyone else knows of any shows with amusing children in, please let me know!)

03:04: Done! *victory dance* And, amazingly, I managed to finish a scene and a chapter at the same time as meeting my word count!


Challenge Set: 4,000 words

Final Word Count: 4,008 words

Overal NaNoWriMo Word Count: 7,755 words

 

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My Latest Crazy Idea

3 Nov

Someday, I will stop looking at challenges on the internet and thinking “hmm, that sounds like fun, why don’t I do that?” Someday, I will realise that my degree/work/life outside of the internet are more important. Someday, in short, I will stop being an over-achieving lunatic. That day is not today. So when I saw this post via a WordPress search for NaNoWriMo, I couldn’t resist.

The blog it come from is called Let The Words Flow, and the challenge is simple. Tomorrow, a few particularly crazy NaNoWriMo writers will be attempting to reach a word count which they have set for themselves (mine is 4,000 words) and live blogging while they do it. This might be a great way to churn out the words (nothing like a bit of healthy competition after all), but it is also yet another method of procrastination which will make getting those words onto paper an even slower process than usual. Possibly this is not how it will work for everyone else, but personally I will almost certainly write 200 words, then do something inane just so that I can blog about it. One thing’s for certain though, it will be fun (or at least warped NaNo-style fun)!

(I will be setting up a post for my live blog on here at about midnight GMT and editing it gradually throughout the day. I dread to think how it may turn out…)