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munboy

Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
« Reply #450 on: February 11, 2019, 12:41:43 AM »
like Harry Potter

Uh, I got bad news for you... :icon_rofl:
 
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Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
« Reply #451 on: February 11, 2019, 02:05:25 AM »
Pretty good morning. 1,918. Just a tad short of my 2K goal so maybe I'll find a few minutes to add those 82 words to it.

           
 
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Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
« Reply #452 on: February 11, 2019, 08:47:15 AM »
500 words so far! Hope to get more done this afternoon.

As for Star Wars, I watched three movies and there was an ending.



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Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
« Reply #453 on: February 11, 2019, 09:59:49 AM »
So on Saturday, I wrote 685 words and today I wrote 1,130 words.

Searched through my book, Bad Fiction, and notes, looking for any confirmation of dates and ended up with a wider variety of possibilities.  LOL.  Wish I remembered the reference point the published book referred to.  I think I figured out a workaround that will leave it open to correction in a future book, should I remember or figure it all out.

I'm at around 109k words now.  Would a 200k word novel be too long?  :hehe

The length might make it "epic fantasy" at this point, but I don't know how "epic" it could be considering that the characters seem to talk a lot.  On the one hand, I seem to frequently worry my characters talk too much.  On the other hand, when a group of friends hang out together and go on trips or whatever, it seems pretty normal that they talk a lot, and argue about seemingly silly things.  I mean, I remember years ago I had a discussion/argument with my neighbor over who won the Civil War (American).  And it wasn't one of those philosophical debates over who really won something; it was a debate over who factually won.  (And, just so there is no question, I was the one who was right.)

Maybe I can rest easy on the possibility that TV sitcoms have conditioned readers to expect that characters will talk a lot and that talking moves storylines along further than standing around doing stuff.  Fingers crossed!
     
 
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Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
« Reply #454 on: February 11, 2019, 12:12:12 PM »
Darn, another 718 words and I only meant to write 82 so I could reach my 2K goal.

Nearly have the villain in my clutches.
           
 
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Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
« Reply #455 on: February 12, 2019, 03:03:42 AM »
So on Saturday, I wrote 685 words and today I wrote 1,130 words.

Searched through my book, Bad Fiction, and notes, looking for any confirmation of dates and ended up with a wider variety of possibilities.  LOL.  Wish I remembered the reference point the published book referred to.  I think I figured out a workaround that will leave it open to correction in a future book, should I remember or figure it all out.

I'm at around 109k words now.  Would a 200k word novel be too long?  :hehe

The length might make it "epic fantasy" at this point, but I don't know how "epic" it could be considering that the characters seem to talk a lot.  On the one hand, I seem to frequently worry my characters talk too much.  On the other hand, when a group of friends hang out together and go on trips or whatever, it seems pretty normal that they talk a lot, and argue about seemingly silly things.  I mean, I remember years ago I had a discussion/argument with my neighbor over who won the Civil War (American).  And it wasn't one of those philosophical debates over who really won something; it was a debate over who factually won.  (And, just so there is no question, I was the one who was right.)

Maybe I can rest easy on the possibility that TV sitcoms have conditioned readers to expect that characters will talk a lot and that talking moves storylines along further than standing around doing stuff.  Fingers crossed!

I like mindless chatter sometimes, if it acts to drive the story or develop characters. Some people are just chatty people and you wouldn't expect them to have one word comments. Just watch out the topic doesn't become redundant. I would definitely have a few beta readers go through it.
 
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Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
« Reply #456 on: February 12, 2019, 03:05:19 AM »
Yesterday I wrote 400+ words and today I'm already over 400. Hoping to hit over 2k but well see. I want to get some canning done and hopefully start the seeds for my spring garden which i'm already late doing.
 
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Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
« Reply #457 on: February 12, 2019, 08:32:08 AM »
Changed a few details and now I'm back on track!  Another 200 words today after the changes.  :banana-riding-llama-smiley-em
            
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Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
« Reply #458 on: February 12, 2019, 08:55:23 AM »
I wrote 1,090 words today.


I would definitely have a few beta readers go through it.

I'll probably have to pretend I'm different people and be my own beta readers.  LOL.
     
 
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Maggie Ann

Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
« Reply #459 on: February 12, 2019, 11:02:01 AM »
Darn, my villain managed to talk his way out of a sticky situation, but he's not home free yet. 649 words tonight.

           
 
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Eclectic Dan

Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
« Reply #460 on: February 13, 2019, 09:28:15 AM »
I wrote 1,265 words today.  Finally got them out of a seemingly endless journey and just about to their first destination.  That is, I'm 111k words in and they're finally going to reach the place they headed out for about 82k words ago.
     
 
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Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
« Reply #461 on: February 13, 2019, 11:15:48 AM »
There will be no words tonight. I did my taxes and there's no brain or motivation left.   :dizzy
           
 
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Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
« Reply #462 on: February 13, 2019, 02:34:55 PM »
1350 for me today.

Anybody else do weird things to keep motivated and moving forward? Besides using a daily habit app to track when I hit my daily goal of 1300 words, I also use a spreadsheet to track my book's progress.

I love seeing that circle meter go up at the end of the day when I update the word count. Total motivation for me.
 
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Eclectic Dan

Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
« Reply #463 on: February 14, 2019, 10:26:58 AM »
I wrote 1,485 words today.  Even in the future, people hate spam.
     
 
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Maggie Ann

Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
« Reply #464 on: February 14, 2019, 12:50:22 PM »
Struggled a bit tonight. Only 310 words, but I was determined to get something down.

           
 
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Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
« Reply #465 on: February 14, 2019, 03:27:55 PM »
You go, Dan, Maggie, and munboy!

I've kept up some words every day, even if it's just 150 or so. It didn't help that I realized that my selkie story has grown what will likely be a 15k novelette, which will be too long to anchor my collection. So now I'm starting over with two short stories, which is something I haven't tried before. Maybe the best story will win.

One has a taxi driver who's given a lucky coin by a woman he saves. The woman is actually a Fae, although I'm not going to be that explicit. The taxi driver just knows she's something extraordinary, and the coin's luck is going to be specific to settling debts.

The other has a selkie in witness protection, and she's going to have to break cover to end some sort of Faerie incursion into the mortal world, although I haven't figured out what kind yet. Major sea monster stuff? I dunno. It seems like a selkie should be particularly suited to the task at hand or having one as a character is simply an indulgence.

Still wandering around in world-building land which is not an area of strength for me. I'm far better at things like characterization and three-act pacing. Still, I'm keeping some words going. Sometimes I can figure things out as I write them, but other times they'll bring me to a screaming halt until I figure out the answer.

Who knows? With two stories, maybe I can finish one. :)

And then I can finish my selkie novelette. I'll figure out something to do with it. It was originally supposed to be a prequel for a novel trilogy, so maybe I'll go back to that plan.
 
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Cathleen

Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
« Reply #466 on: February 15, 2019, 05:57:28 AM »
64 words that I wrote today:

Nobody sends cards to a dragon,
It's just an unfortunate fact.
Do they think that we'll burn them to ashes or what?
I would never commit such an act.

If people sent cards to us dragons,
Valentines with good wishes galore,
Then I'd break out my chocolates and pass them around,
And we'd waltz on a golden dance floor.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

ETA: It occurred to me that this would be better with the picture. :)


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Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
« Reply #467 on: February 15, 2019, 08:46:01 AM »
I wrote 3,270 words today.  Will this book ever end?
     
 
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Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
« Reply #468 on: February 15, 2019, 09:27:57 AM »
Dan, picture the older pilot chanting, "Stay on target," as they're coming up on the wombat-sized widget that they have to blow on the Death Star. Besides, 3k is pretty good. :)
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Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
« Reply #469 on: February 15, 2019, 09:38:53 AM »
Dan, picture the older pilot chanting, "Stay on target," as they're coming up on the wombat-sized widget that they have to blow on the Death Star. Besides, 3k is pretty good. :)


It's not impossible.  I used to bulls-eye womp rats in my T-16 back home.  They're not much more than two meters.
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Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
« Reply #470 on: February 15, 2019, 09:51:41 AM »
Dan, picture the older pilot chanting, "Stay on target," as they're coming up on the wombat-sized widget that they have to blow on the Death Star. Besides, 3k is pretty good. :)


It's not impossible.  I used to bulls-eye womp rats in my T-16 back home.  They're not much more than two meters.

Important question since I'm avoiding writing today. What's bigger an ROUS or a womp rat?

Oh wait i wrote 100 words at the doctors today.
 

Jeff Tanyard

Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
« Reply #471 on: February 15, 2019, 10:01:00 AM »
Important question since I'm avoiding writing today. What's bigger an ROUS or a womp rat?


Probably a womp rat, but I wouldn't want to mess with either species up close.   :icon_eek:
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« Reply #472 on: February 15, 2019, 10:14:50 AM »
Important question since I'm avoiding writing today. What's bigger an ROUS or a womp rat?


Probably a womp rat, but I wouldn't want to mess with either species up close.   :icon_eek:

Pretty sure the womp rat is bigger. I checked IMDB and Westley is 1.8 meters. The ROUS was not quite as long as Westley was tall. It's close, though.

Maybe I should write some words.
           
 
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Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
« Reply #473 on: February 15, 2019, 11:42:03 AM »
Dan, picture the older pilot chanting, "Stay on target," as they're coming up on the wombat-sized widget that they have to blow on the Death Star. Besides, 3k is pretty good. :)

LOL.  Actually, I have a character that keeps reminding the others to stay focused on their objective.  Meanwhile, the MC who started out all rearing to go has turned into a whiny baby.
     
 
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Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
« Reply #474 on: February 16, 2019, 08:07:06 AM »
I only wrote 1,110 words today.  Close to the point where a character from a previous book is supposed to enter but I cannot seem to get my humor mojo back.  Feels like everything I try just falls flat.
     
 
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Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
« Reply #475 on: February 16, 2019, 08:08:35 AM »
400 words yesterday and I hope to finish book 3 by tonight.  And by book...I mean part.  It's about 10k words.

So far, this has turned out to be a good way to advertise my pen name. And no pressure.  I have both parts free today and tomorrow to get people caught up. LOL
            
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Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
« Reply #476 on: February 16, 2019, 08:10:08 AM »
I only wrote 1,110 words today.  Close to the point where a character from a previous book is supposed to enter but I cannot seem to get my humor mojo back.  Feels like everything I try just falls flat.

Maybe try writing something serious, dark and dangerous?  That's usually when I start thinking of something funny.  Always easier to write what you don't need at the moment.  :catrun
            
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Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
« Reply #477 on: February 16, 2019, 08:16:49 AM »
I only wrote 1,110 words today.  Close to the point where a character from a previous book is supposed to enter but I cannot seem to get my humor mojo back.  Feels like everything I try just falls flat.

Maybe try writing something serious, dark and dangerous?  That's usually when I start thinking of something funny.  Always easier to write what you don't need at the moment.  :catrun

I did dark yesterday.  It stayed dark.   :icon_think:
     
 
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Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
« Reply #478 on: February 16, 2019, 09:45:19 AM »
I only wrote 1,110 words today.  Close to the point where a character from a previous book is supposed to enter but I cannot seem to get my humor mojo back.  Feels like everything I try just falls flat.

Maybe try writing something serious, dark and dangerous?  That's usually when I start thinking of something funny.  Always easier to write what you don't need at the moment.  :catrun

I did dark yesterday.  It stayed dark.   :icon_think:

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Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
« Reply #479 on: February 16, 2019, 10:50:41 AM »
I only wrote 1,110 words today.  Close to the point where a character from a previous book is supposed to enter but I cannot seem to get my humor mojo back.  Feels like everything I try just falls flat.

Maybe try writing something serious, dark and dangerous?  That's usually when I start thinking of something funny.  Always easier to write what you don't need at the moment.  :catrun

I did dark yesterday.  It stayed dark.   :icon_think:

Somebody needs a squirting flower in their lapel.

Somebody would probably drown from it.
     
 
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Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
« Reply #480 on: February 16, 2019, 02:21:04 PM »
Congrats, Lorri, on finishing book 3! Woot!

I'm continuing with my extreme story solution to writer's block. I'm working on three at once right now, something I've never tried before. In the past I always saw it as a way to never be able to focus. Right now, if I can't make progress on one story, I move to another. Today, I had a combined word count of about 450, which is actually closing in on my overall bare minimum goal of 500. Hey, it worked for Sir Terry Pratchett. :)

It's a weird solution (for me), but it's working, so I'm happy for it.

I also edited fifty pages of Bellerophon, but I didn't bother counting words. A lot more than I wrote, though.

And Dan, if Maggie's squirting flower doesn't work, there's always the tried-and-true whoopie cushion.
 
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Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
« Reply #481 on: February 17, 2019, 12:08:33 AM »
Another 466 last night. I thought I was closing in on the end, but Manfred told me he needed to speak his piece before being tossed in the dungeons. Okay, miserable worm that he is, I can give him that much.

           
 
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Re: 50+ words a day...no matter what!
« Reply #482 on: February 17, 2019, 06:23:55 AM »
I wrote part of this earlier (for a teaser) but 2k words in book 4 so far!  :catrun