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  • RobTheBuilder 14 Nov 2012 12:15:28 6,521 posts
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    I actually had a dream about talking to someone about the jazz hands in the last chapter I wrote...

    Weeeeeeiiiiiird!
  • Blerk Moderator 14 Nov 2012 13:20:26 48,225 posts
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    My entire story is based on an unsettling dream I had several months ago in which my son and I were standing on the clifftops of a unknown-but-weirdly-familiar seaside resort, apparently the only people for miles around. Upon investigating further we found a single hotel in which there were other people, all of whom were terrified and saying they weren't allowed to leave.

    And from that tiny nugget, a (potentially) sprawling sci-fi thriller was born!

    Dreams are ace. Better than telly! :)
  • TechnoHippy 14 Nov 2012 13:25:44 14,716 posts
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    @RobTheBuilder

    I'm a bit confused (it happens easily) was the chapter 18 a dream, or he's just waking up after the night before?

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  • TechnoHippy 14 Nov 2012 13:30:42 14,716 posts
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    @MetalDog

    Good to see a new update! Day 13:

    "but they're still picking through the pieces" is a surprising nasty phrase considering - nice.

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  • Carbon_Altered 14 Nov 2012 14:09:52 736 posts
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    @TechnoHippy - up to chapter 18 on yours now, it is very condusive to 'just one more chapter' style reading.

    Having Dan and Dale in chapters right next to each other saw me briefly get mixed up owing to the similar names. But they are at least very different characters.
  • MetalDog 14 Nov 2012 14:12:02 23,920 posts
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    @salaman
    It's like being slightly drunk all the time, you'd be amazed how boring that becomes a few weeks in =)

    You're a good typo spotter, sir!

    @technohippy
    Cheers dude - I'm told that the evidence rooms for traffic often smell like death because of residue on the bits - not a task I'd fancy =/

    -- boobs do nothing for me, I want moustaches and chest hair.

  • RobTheBuilder 14 Nov 2012 14:32:49 6,521 posts
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    @TechnoHippy Haha, it's the prelude to the next chapter! (Not a dream)
  • TechnoHippy 14 Nov 2012 15:18:08 14,716 posts
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    @Carbon_Altered

    I have a couple of chapters that need shuffling around, I may do the same here.

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  • TechnoHippy 14 Nov 2012 21:31:41 14,716 posts
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    Chapter 21 is now up:

    http://zenapocalypse.blogspot.co.uk/2012/11/faust-20-chapter-21.html

    Work is interfering with my progress, but I should still make it.

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  • Salaman 14 Nov 2012 22:57:07 19,627 posts
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    Blerk wrote:
    Will post the latest stuff tonight.
    You bloody tease!
  • MetalDog 15 Nov 2012 00:18:58 23,920 posts
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    Hooray, finally some flow, even if it did take all night.

    Decent sized update for a change.

    -- boobs do nothing for me, I want moustaches and chest hair.

  • RobTheBuilder 15 Nov 2012 01:45:59 6,521 posts
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    Just under 23k now... *tired hands*

    Chapter 19 - Direction

    We learn some more about Steve and Nigel.

    http://nanowrimo-theentertainer.blogspot.co.uk/2012/11/19-direction.html
  • Deleted user 15 November 2012 03:57:40
    Just passed the 45k mark. Still going strong this evening, too. Reckon I can probably tap out another thousand. Maybe even two if I don't get distracted by TV.
  • Deleted user 15 November 2012 04:05:39
    Blerk wrote:
    Upon investigating further we found a single hotel in which there were other people, all of whom were terrified and saying they weren't allowed to leave.


    :D
  • Deleted user 15 November 2012 04:41:34
    Aaand Day fourteen

    4k to go until the finishing line.
  • Blerk Moderator 15 Nov 2012 08:59:57 48,225 posts
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    Salaman wrote:
    Blerk wrote:
    Will post the latest stuff tonight.
    You bloody tease!
    And then I didn't. Oops! :D

    I did mean to, honest, but last night was a very difficult stint and I was dead on my feet by the time I reached the end of the scene. I really will do it tonight. Probably!

    Genuinely shattered this morning, I could use another three or four hours of sleep which is really unusual for me (as I tend to only have three or four hours a sleep a night anyway). Work's very tough going again at the minute too, which isn't helping. But I'm seeing this son-of-a-bitch through if it kills me! Raargh! :D

    /downs pint of espresso
  • Salaman 15 Nov 2012 09:03:31 19,627 posts
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    You don't have some sort of back-up system with mailing versions to yourself and stuff? Like technohippy. Then you could post it now.

    /pines for story hunger to be fed
  • Blerk Moderator 15 Nov 2012 09:08:42 48,225 posts
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    Everything's on my Dropbox but it's a Scrivener project and I don't have Scrivener installed here at work. I think it's all stored in RTF format, so I might be able to get at it. I've got a boring meeting later, I might take a laptop in with me and see if I can figure it out then. :D
  • Salaman 15 Nov 2012 09:19:27 19,627 posts
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    Yaaay \0/

    Actually, we have a long afternoon session with an external speaker planned. So I'll be gone from your 11am until about 5pm. I'll just have to catch your update tonight after badminton. :-)
  • Carbon_Altered 15 Nov 2012 09:57:48 736 posts
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    @MetalDog - I'm up to chapter 4 on yours. Dammit you write unsettling/horrifying passages well. Grpping stuff. You write so cleanly for a first pass as well.

    Just one suggestion - in your next book could Sway and Balstra just go on a nice holiday please? Maybe the Cotswolds? No death. No chairs legs stuck places they shouldn't be. Just maybe a nice ramble, followed by a pub lunch.
  • MetalDog 15 Nov 2012 11:21:04 23,920 posts
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    @Carbon_Altered
    Cheers dude. It gets distinctly less clean for a while as I flounder around looking for my flow, I reckon. Picking up again a bit now though. How goes yours? I am well behind on it at the moment but hope to catch up at some bloody point.

    Cotswolds, eh? I dunno man, they're both city boys at heart.

    -- boobs do nothing for me, I want moustaches and chest hair.

  • TechnoHippy 15 Nov 2012 11:51:57 14,716 posts
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    @MetalDog

    Sinister developments. More please!

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  • RobTheBuilder 15 Nov 2012 12:03:19 6,521 posts
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    I am very close to losing track of all the many threads in mine...!
    Have to keep making notes in order to remember where each part of the story is going!

    Going to be a lot of loose end tying in the final third.
  • TechnoHippy 15 Nov 2012 12:22:41 14,716 posts
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    @RobTheBuilder

    Kept me amused throughout the chapter. Maybe it's the subject matter, but it does read like a comedy script.

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  • RobTheBuilder 15 Nov 2012 12:26:25 6,521 posts
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    @TechnoHippy Thanks. It's kind of supposed to, the hope (if put slightly pretentiously...) is that it finds a balance between the detail of a book and the quick pace and ease of a comedy script.

    The interview thing is actually a slight exaggeration of how much of advertising works in the UK.
  • TechnoHippy 15 Nov 2012 13:00:14 14,716 posts
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    @meme

    I hadn't really thought about it before, but you're shaping the form quite nicely. It aids reading and provides a good cadence for the reader.

    I'm enjoying the 1886 thread.

    It's a tangled web you weave - nice joinging of threads at the end.

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  • Carbon_Altered 15 Nov 2012 13:03:17 736 posts
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    @MetalDog - In my nano I'm just coming up to the scene that I intitially anticipated would be the culmination of the first quarter or third of the story. Except I am now 30k in and will probably be close to 35 or 40k when the scene is written. It is turning into a bit of a mosnter, but I still enjoying writing it. Doesn't feel like a slog. Yet.

    Similar thing happened to you last year didn't it? Wasn't your final word count 100k ish?
  • MetalDog 15 Nov 2012 13:14:54 23,920 posts
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    @Carbon_Altered
    Last years went nuts and clocked in just shy of 150k. I haven't even thought about how to sort that mess out yet.

    If you're enjoying, revel in it! It may be more of a slog when you try to make it end, so build up as much 'wheeeeeee' as you can to bust right through that if it comes =)

    -- boobs do nothing for me, I want moustaches and chest hair.

  • RobTheBuilder 15 Nov 2012 13:22:42 6,521 posts
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    @MetalDog I'm actually kind of looking forward to weaving the threads together for an ending. Might turn out more complex than that, but staying positive!
  • MetalDog 15 Nov 2012 13:30:58 23,920 posts
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    See how it goes, you can always strip out excess threads later if they don't fit well with your end knot and if they do - huzzah!

    I'm thinking sufficient sub-plot is the one thing I'm missing in mine, the lack of it is making transitions tricky. I'll worry about that in post, though.

    -- boobs do nothing for me, I want moustaches and chest hair.

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