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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.

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Post-Nanowrimo.

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

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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)

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Crossed the finish line.

Yay!

Oh, bloody hell. This is finally done.

Now, I want to go to sleep.

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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.

Yay!

As for now, well… good night.

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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.

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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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