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Offline Valka

Re: NaNoWriMo - April 2016 event
« Reply #45 on: April 22, 2016, 06:52:29 AM »
Day 21 total: 10,507 words. I've hit a bit of a snag, trying to guess what was in Busby's mind when he wrote certain paragraphs. I have to figure out how some characters found out certain details that weren't public knowledge.

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Re: NaNoWriMo - April 2016 event
« Reply #46 on: April 22, 2016, 02:01:53 PM »
Congratulations on already being ahead.  -And it sounds like you're getting something substantial done out of it, to boot. ;b;

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Re: NaNoWriMo - April 2016 event
« Reply #47 on: April 23, 2016, 07:00:17 AM »
Thank you.  :D

Day 22 total: 10,873 words. I had to rewrite some of it, as I realized that I veered off from the author's canon, and then I hit one of those situations where the protagonist somehow knew a piece of information that hadn't been mentioned on the news. So I had to figure out how he found out, which required a rewrite of part of what I wrote yesterday.

That's okay, though - the story makes more sense now, and I got to introduce a member of the Committee Police, who may or may not show up later. I didn't bother giving her a name yet.

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Re: NaNoWriMo - April 2016 event
« Reply #48 on: April 24, 2016, 06:38:58 AM »
Day 23 total: 11,234 words. This was a tough one to write, dealing with a fascist police force gassing an entire building full of people. Hopefully my online research into nerve gas doesn't make anyone wonder if I'm a terrorist...


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Re: NaNoWriMo - April 2016 event
« Reply #49 on: April 25, 2016, 06:44:20 AM »
Day 24 total: 11,637 words. It's a good thing I've got my minimum because I've hit that Week 3 oh-my-god-is-this-ever-gonna-be-over stage. It's getting harder now to make the story go forward.

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Re: NaNoWriMo - April 2016 event
« Reply #50 on: April 26, 2016, 06:36:57 AM »
Day 25 total: 12,243 words.

Busby could have used a wiki of his own work. I just found a HUGE continuity error.

Dammit.

 :mad:

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Re: NaNoWriMo - April 2016 event
« Reply #51 on: April 27, 2016, 06:11:02 AM »
Day 26 total: 12,760 words. I'll be over 13,000 by this time tomorrow.

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Re: NaNoWriMo - April 2016 event
« Reply #52 on: April 28, 2016, 06:02:35 AM »
Day 27 total: 13,220 words. I've passed the word count I had the last time I did this.

Tonight's material was pretty depressing stuff, though.  :-\

Offline Rusty Edge

Re: NaNoWriMo - April 2016 event
« Reply #53 on: April 28, 2016, 08:16:16 PM »
Day 25 total: 12,243 words.

Busby could have used a wiki of his own work. I just found a HUGE continuity error.

Dammit.

 :mad:

Reminds me of Stephen King's Gunslinger novels. I started reading the first one on the recommendation of my best friend. I thought of it as the novel King was born to write, once he was sufficiently experienced. All that had gone before was simply practice. I thought it would become the "The Great American Novel", and then discovered continuity errors between books. Maybe it wasn't HUGE, as far as changing the outcome, but since it was about which handgun a character had, it was glaring in a "I forgot which ship they were using in that Star Trek or Horatio Hornblower novel" sort of way.

Or maybe it's like changing the main weapon of one of the characters in a game of Dungeons and Dragons or something.

Anyway, I got the distinct impression that King wasn't keeping notes and couldn't be bothered to re-read the last two books before writing the next one. Well, maybe in this age of e-books where things can magically get "updated", it has already been fixed. Who knows if I'll ever bother to read his stuff again until I'm senile.

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I've got a decent internet connection again. I have been working on my story, and  I'm up to the climactic scene. It will be more of a Charlie Chan or Sherlock Holmes style AHA! moment than an action sequence. I'm awaiting delivery here of a Niven book that may have a bearing on my story, although I think it will be more in terms of description. I've also been re-writing, trying to give each character a different "voice," so I have no clue about the word count.

As an example, the great grandfather uses the terms "Bleep!" and "cigarette", while the younger characters who are almost contemporary with Louis Wu according to Known Space timeline use the terms "TANJ!" and "tabac sticks"

I guess at this point, each session I'll simply continue to read through my entire story so far, then start writing. At least that should polish the continuity and make sure that all of the questions raised are resolved. I'll get my ideas down in text and then keep working on them.






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Re: NaNoWriMo - April 2016 event
« Reply #54 on: April 29, 2016, 05:44:46 AM »
Day 28 total: 13,629 words. I'm really going to push this for the next couple of days and try to make it to 15,000. That will be less than my personal best for the November event (minimum 50,000 words required; my best in that is somewhat over 22,000 words), but more than the last time I finished a Camp event.


Offline Valka

Re: NaNoWriMo - April 2016 event
« Reply #55 on: April 30, 2016, 06:11:22 AM »
Day 29 total: 14,222 words.

Well, by this time tomorrow, it will all be over. Then will come the real challenge: To keep this up.

Offline Valka

Re: NaNoWriMo - April 2016 event
« Reply #56 on: May 01, 2016, 07:15:57 AM »
YAY, I DID IT!!!

By my count, on Day 30, I ended up with 15,629 words. Because the NaNo site counts words differently, I was only credited for 15,605 of them.

But still... it's better than I could have hoped for when I started this 30 days ago. I've already downloaded the free winner's goodies (various sized badges that can be used as avatars or sig images; I won't do that here, though since I'm partial to my sig and avatar ;)).

If anyone is interested, here is the daily word count graph they do for everyone. I did more than the minimum every single day, and really pushed today. I'll also post the badges:




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Re: NaNoWriMo - April 2016 event
« Reply #57 on: May 01, 2016, 01:32:26 PM »
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Offline Valka

Re: NaNoWriMo - April 2016 event
« Reply #58 on: May 02, 2016, 08:12:14 AM »
*curtseys*

I didn't write a word on the story tonight. Not one word.

I did, however, continue making notes for when I do continue it.

And I found another whopper of a continuity error... this time from the SAME BOOK.

Honestly, how did Busby not realize that he had such a discrepancy in a specific character's age? There's no way that Camilla Altworth could simultaneously be in her 40s and 20s unless she went off-world and had two ages (7 of the 8 Hulzein Saga novels have STL travel for their spaceships and relativity plays a huge part of the plot in all of them, even the novel that does use FTL). Since she spent her entire life on Earth, even if I went with the most extreme interpretations of how young people could possibly be when they marry and have children (16 is legal age in these books), it still wouldn't reconcile.

Apparently when he wrote these books, he didn't expect that nearly 40 years later one of his fans would dissect them paragraph by paragraph...

Offline Rusty Edge

Re: NaNoWriMo - April 2016 event
« Reply #59 on: May 04, 2016, 03:28:58 AM »
I was comparing the problem of changing facts that have ripple effects on my re-writes to having a mischief making time traveler on the loose. It happened this way...but now it's not!

If we can separate the author errors from what you've admirably accomplished for a moment-

How do you feel about your story?  ( No I didn't intend to sound like that computer testing Spock in the movie )

 

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