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Post by Hello Danger on Tue May 10, 2011 10:01 am

I'm in.
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Post by Guest on Tue May 10, 2011 10:47 am

931 words today.

I also added a start date to my sheet. I'm thinking maybe instead of going with each month, we go with 30 days? So even if you start late, you're not late so to say?

Mostly I just want to write along side people. Not for points or anything like it. So if I finished 15000 words in 30 days, I'll be happy. If I finish 15000 words even faster I'll be even more happy. Wink

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Post by Kalon Ordona II on Thu May 12, 2011 6:59 am

I'm a bit over 2,000 words still, but I did get some superlatively significant world-building done. Fundamental, far-reaching stuff. I keep running into things like this as I go. xD In a way, I suppose I couldn't have anticipated all this, so it's a good thing I started writing instead of waiting until I thought I had the whole thing completely planned. This way I'm getting what I actually need instead of what I think I'll need. It'll slow me down, but it's good for the world. (My world, that is. xD)
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Post by Guest on Thu May 12, 2011 7:02 am

I wrote 736 words yesterday. At this rate I'll catch up even if I started late. Smile

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Post by RavishingRen on Fri May 13, 2011 10:08 am

I am going to join on this adventure as well, albeit a little late. =)
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Post by RavishingRen on Fri May 13, 2011 1:36 pm

Right, right. I will probably catch up. I have three plots I've been toying with since last night, debating which it is that I want to pursue. Between modern or not, electric or steam worlds, tech savvy hackers or street smart thieves, etc. Hoping to make a final decision and get started tonight!
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Post by Kalon Ordona II on Sat May 14, 2011 4:52 pm

Did some more planning--fundamental world-building stuff that you'd think I would know already. More than that, though, I think I must be in a block. I'm on the afternoon shift today, though, so I should have plenty of time this evening to break it down. xD Still at about 2,200 words.
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Post by Guest on Sun May 15, 2011 10:15 am

I'm at 3220 words. I haven't written today yet so I expect it will rise with a minimum of 500 words.

If I had been writing from 1st May and 500 words every day I'd be at 7500 today, but I started the 9th and I'm "only" 4000 words behind. So I think I'll catch up if nothing unforeseen happens. Smile

EDIT:: Wrote 749 words today. So week total was: 3969
I only wrote 5/7 days, because I want weekends (in writing whichever day the actually fall on doesn't necessarily correspond with the weekend).

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Post by RavishingRen on Sun May 15, 2011 4:30 pm

I've officially decided what piece I'm going to use for Fogathon. It's not neccesarily an entirely new piece for me; however, it's one I've only written a few words on previously, that at this point I'm not sure will even be included in, lol. May finally start writing tonight on it, may hold off until tomorrow to start off on a Monday.
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Post by Kalon Ordona II on Wed May 18, 2011 4:53 am

Finally made some actual progress on the draft! I didn't do a word count, but it's probably somewhere around 2,500 now.
At every turn I found there were questions I hadn't asked yet--questions that needed answering [/Gandalf voice]. I need to remember that it's okay to build backwards, too. Gotta trust myself to make it awesome without waiting to create the entire world beforehand. xD
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Post by Kalon Ordona II on Wed May 18, 2011 7:41 pm

Over 3,000 now and still doing more today, so things are looking up. ^^ Momentum can be easy to lose when writing, so I'm glad for all the support here. Wink
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Post by Kalon Ordona II on Thu May 19, 2011 5:22 am

A solid 3,500!
Now all I have to do is put in 6,500 by tomorrow and I'll be right back on schedule. xD
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Post by RavishingRen on Thu May 19, 2011 6:34 pm

I ended up deciding to jumble most of the ideas I had into one instead, so, lol. Yesterday was my first day. Didn't break five hundred, but I'm still pleased. I'm at 458. Hoping to break over a thousand, if not more, tonight. Piece shall henceforth be known as Kasolt, short for Of Knights and Their Shine, or Lack Thereof.
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Post by Kalon Ordona II on Sat May 21, 2011 6:53 am

Here's a prime example of the kinds of obstacles I keep running into in this early stage. I want to say that a certain character has a "regal bearing." The only problem is, there is no monarchy in this land. To me, if I keep that word in, it's coming close to breaking the fourth wall. It's almost as bad as having a "father Christmas."
So, what do I say instead? Do I just say I'm the author and I can calls it what I wants? Or do I want to match the descriptions to the POV character? It seems like a far-reaching decision. I know I want to emulate the POV character's perspective, but what do I say instead of "regal"? Noble? They don't have nobles either. Where do I draw the line between capitalizing on the reader's knowledge base and completely teaching them something new?

What do you all think? I'm not sure most readers would even pick up on such subtleties--at least not consciously. As fellow writers, then, what would you say? If it were you, would you just leave it as is, or would you try to find some new phraseology? Something more in-character even if it ends up less succinct. Tried and true, or true to be tried?
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Post by Guest on Sat May 21, 2011 8:04 am

I'd say this is a first draft and it's better to get it written than thinking about one term in a section that you might cut in revision!

With first draft I always think like this: OK, this description might suck, but it conveys the meaning I want. Or it's close enough, time to continue writing.

If you get bugged down in small details before you even have the big picture things down, it'll be hard or take loads of time to finish.

I make a pact with myself. I don't edit anything. I mean it. Only if I'm spelling a word wrong while I'm writing it I'll fix it. Otherwise it stays. I could fix sentence structures and descriptions until the world ends on just the 4000 words I have, instead I choose to continue writing. (Plus say I notice that my beginning doesn't match the ending I eventually write so I cut it and write a new one. What did all that fixing and changing do then? Only cost me time I could have put to better use.)

That's just my opinion though. It's so easy to get stuck anyway.

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Post by Kalon Ordona II on Sat May 21, 2011 6:44 pm

Thanks for the advice, you two! Very Happy
An edit log.... That sounds like just the thing for me.
Huzzah for support teams! cheers
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Post by RavishingRen on Mon May 23, 2011 10:04 pm

So I sat down and just start writing whatever came to mind today, totally irrelevant of if it was going to be related to my piece for Fogathon, and a sad, but seemingly good idea came to mind. I'm going to just post it up, remark what you will on it. I don't know if I'll even use it as my Fogathon piece, but yeah, anyways:

In a time when we tend to forget that our soldiers can still go missing, and not be heard from again, a woman's receives news that her son has disappeared. After a year, they go about making the arrangements of a funeral, much to the entire family's devestation. Years go by, the younger children of the household grow up and go off to college, and it's just her, her husband, and the little bar that they own. The wife sits down twice a week in the bar, and begins drinking, and stops at exactly the same time every night. Some nights are "good", some nights are bad. And it's just that simple. A young man begins to frequent the bar, and finally one day decides to sit down and talk to the woman. After a while of talking, the young man realizes that the woman he is talking to is the mother of the best friend he lost overseas.

Varying PoV between the Soldier and the Wife, maybe a few from the Husband. I'm still not really sure. It sounds good in my head. =/
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Post by Kalon Ordona II on Fri May 27, 2011 4:00 am

Not as good as you; I'm at 4,277. Probably won't make 15,000. Scenes I thought would be easy slowed me down. It's weird, how everything is opposite. o.O Even with a plan.
Still, progress is progress. Very Happy
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Post by RavishingRen on Mon May 30, 2011 3:35 pm

I don't foresee making 10k tonight; however, I'll give it my best shot, lol. My fiance was up for the weekend, so that put a hold on writing so I could spend time with him, as he's another three-four weeks left to go of being out of state. Currently standing at 821 words on Kasolt. Not too shabby, I guess. =/ I've only written any on it twice, so I'll take it as a win. Have a cookout I'm off to now, but will definitely be sitting down tonight to get some more done.
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Post by RavishingRen on Mon May 30, 2011 9:58 pm

Whelp, ending the night at 2,849. A LOT further than I had initially anticipated making it to.
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