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Maintenance 101.
Quiet domino.
Crossed the finish line.
Progressive musings #7

Nanowrimo 2005

On Rotation:
- ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead
- Badly Drawn Boy
- David Gray
- Death Cab for Cutie
- Elbow
- Franz Ferdinand
- James Blunt

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Updates (29 Nov):
Current Word Count: 52045
Percentage Completed: 100%

National Novel Writing Month 2005. And yes, I joined.

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Maintenance 101.

Undergoing maintenance.



Wow, I feel so much more at ease now. No deadlines to adhere to, at least.


Quiet domino.

Good lord, it is finally over and done with – and just in time too. Work is beginning to pile in already.

I think I started out quite well, actually. I managed a considerable amount of words during the first week due to the holidays. I would toss and turn in bed at night, trying to formulate and lay out the proper foundations to the story, pondering different conclusions and possible character additions.

Then it became a rollercoaster ride – sometimes I get to write more, other times, not at all.

Eventually I got fueled up enough during the final week to write more, probably because I thought I was getting closer to the target.

No, it was not easy. Not unless you have it all well-thought out. I did not, and so I often faced dead ends, not knowing where to turn to next.

Do not ask me just yet, if I will join Nanowrimo again next year. I think I need to, er, recover. And no, no more writing about fantasy the next time… I will gladly just stick to reading fantasy, thank you.

Some random observations while in the course of furiously churning out words, trying to surpass the 50,000-word requirement:

  • basically tried to structure my routine around Nanowrimo. As in, I was constantly plagued with thoughts concerning the darned novel, everything else had to wait.
  • alarmed my parents quite a bit. They did not know what I was doing in front of the computer for so many late nights.
  • a few more keys on my keyboard that gets stuck regularly, aside from the ‘Delete’ and right ‘Shift’ keys: mainly the ’+’ (too much word count, maybe).
  • best music to listen to while writing: Elbow, Franz Ferdinand, Sufjan Stevens, Wilco.
  • ... I am such a sadist. I lost count of the number of times I flung poor Evan across the room. Bleed, bleed for me.

Oh, and Mr. Tweedy, thank you for keeping me company.

(This entry is also posted on Rantglass)


Crossed the finish line.


Oh, bloody hell. This is finally done.

Now, I want to go to sleep.


Progressive musings #7

I finally did it!

I breached the 50,000-word target required for Nanowrimo, as of 12.52am of Monday, 28th November 2005.

The novel is finished, too… well, sort of. But I needed to fine tune it. Tons of editing work needs to be done. I will only be validating my work on Tuesday, I think.


As for now, well… good night.


Progressive musings #6

Current Word Count: 47515
Percentage Completed: 95%

Great, now the ’+’ key gets stuck too. I cannot even add up my current number of words properly!

Been typing madly for the past few days.

Well, there are only three days to go, now. Huff, puff.


Progressive musings #5

Current Word Count: 33366
Percentage Completed: 66.73%

Huff, puff.

I hope this week will be more merciful on me, or there is no way I will be able to whip out at least another 20,000 words in 10 days.

Sounds impossible, hey?

But I have got to do it. I do not want it to be a case of ‘so close, yet so far’.

So I am entering the last lap, I guess.

Huff, puff.

And to fellow Nano-ers: we’re nearly there! That is, if you have not, already…


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