leasspell_dael: Xenogear's Emeralda, caption: blue skies (xg - emeralda - blue skies)
According to Scrivener, I have achieved my 50000 words! \o/

(Of course, according to Open Office I have 986 words to go, but given that I have sixteen days left, I'm not too concerned.)

The fic is far from over, although I have finally reached the first true inklings of the plot. And am mere scenes away from introducing the love interest from left-field. And I've surpassed all the scenes I had skipped ahead to write when I needed speed over order.

Now I'm going to go sleep the sleep of the dead, because I only got four hours of sleep last night, and my eyes just won't stay open any longer.

If they would, I'd attempt to show Open Office who's boss. But just... no. Not right now.

Sleeeeeep~!
leasspell_dael: Chrono Trigger character sprites, caption: extended family tree (ct - chrono trigger - family tree)
Dear Self;

Using video-game cameos to fill-in for the KH characters' parents was supposed to prevent you from needing to make up back-story and characterization while still having standards with which to hold yourself. Giving the parents further back-story defeats the purpose of this. Especially as it's not plot relevant. Remember the plot? The bit you haven't started writing yet?

...

*sigh*

The worst part is I'm not even certain that the scene that's causing me this consternation is going to make it into the final draft. I'm not even sure the scenario that's plaguing me would make sense in the greater scheme of things. I'm going with it for now, though, because I'm having problems getting into the groove today, and I have to write something.

*mutters mutinously before returning to the document*

(In the interests of helping others procrastinate on their NaNo/general discussion, how do you guys deal with characters having absent or vaguely referred to family?)
leasspell_dael: Here is Greenwood's Hasukawa and Shun (hig - hasukawa - shun - cat)
Okay, so my last title got cut off, apparently. It was kinda wordy and excessive.

In my panick-y whiny post about a week or so ago, I bemoaned (amongst other things), that I'd have to go into work today.

It turned out, that I didn't. This meant a whole extra day of writing I wasn't expecting, and I decided to make the most of it. Being 11/11/11, I made it my personal goal to write 11000 words today. Then I discovered that there was an on-site challenge to do 11111 words.

Made it! :)

This leaves me at 37774 words in total, which is 75% done guys! I'm stoked, I really didn't think I'd make it even this far (especially as, y'know, I only got my plot last night, and still haven't really incorporated it yet), and now I actually think I'm going to reach 50000.

If I write as much as I usually do on my days off on Sunday and Monday, I could even be "done" by Tuesday. I barely dare to hope. Of course, the fic is so far from being done that it isn't even funny, but y'know. Progress.

The thing I've really liked about doing NaNo this year (besides actually keeping on top of my wordcount for once)? )

I don't have an excited flail-y icon. Why do I not have an excited flail-y icon? Must look into this.
leasspell_dael: Suikoden True Rune Souleater (gs1 - souleater)
So, confession time.

I've written over 25000 words for my NaNo fic, but I didn't have a real plot for it. I had an idea.

Hey, what would happen if Sora and Neku were actually twins?

I managed to get a lot of scenarios plotted out sequentially in my head for that--many of them dealing with how messed up the Reaper's Game left Neku, and supported by my secondary idea that Neku didn't forget Sora like everyone else did (hence why his memories were his first entry fee).

But there wasn't a story, just an exploration. It's why I hadn't listed it as one of my projects. I knew I'd eventually reach a point where it would need something to support it, and I just didn't have that. No big threat, no reason for them to join forces. Just... a setting. Boy, was I surprised when that's what I started writing.

Last night, my plot--specifically the ending--arrived, panting from exertion, but with no apologies for being late. It also had no problem shaking my shoulder where it was covered by my comforter and demanding attention.

It worked structurally--I'm not going to have to rewrite masses of material to work it in. It worked thematically--even tying in with the title, and a few quotes I'd dropped earlier which will now work as foreshadowing (rather than me being a huge dork). It fit perfectly with the changes I had to make to get the crossover to work in the first place--merging TWEWY's Shibuya with the Destiny Islands.

Heck, it even works for character arcs.

But, well, let's just say that as I was trying to work out some of the details last night I was crying into my pillow. It's gonna be sad. :(
leasspell_dael: Escaflowne's Hitomi with feather (Default)
Skipped a couple of updates. I managed to squeak in my (personal) goal of 2000 words Saturday night, then completely slacked off and skipped Sunday altogether. Today I managed nearly 8000 words, bringing my word-count just over the half-way point at 25076! \o/

My editing sensibilities are twitching at all of the things I already know need to be either edited out or expanded upon, but I'm just going with the flow for now. I'm find the farther in I get, the less twitchy I'm getting. About the current material anyway, the earlier stuff I'm pretty much ignoring. XD

I got an extra hour sleep this weekend, and that makes me happy. :)
leasspell_dael: Escaflowne's Hitomi with feather (Default)
Well, I've made my goal and beyond today, although it's not near as impressive as yesterday.

I've added 2355 words, bringing my total word-count to 10592! I'm 20% there! The trick now is not to get overconfident with my buffer. I still want to try to reach 2000 words a day, although at this point I only need 1400 a day to finish on time.

Still working on the same fic, and I'm at the point where I'm working on transition scenes I hadn't thought about yet which is both good and bad. It's good because it's new material, which is more engaging than stuff I've thought about a million times. It's bad because if I hit a stumbling block, it's going to take longer to work through it. So far so good, though!

What I'm truly enjoying at this point, is that I'm reaching places to insert exposition naturally that I kinda crammed in at the beginning. I'm re-inserting the exposition so I can prune the beginning when NaNo's done and it's editing time. Show, not tell, right? Either way, I'm not going to worry about now.

NaNo stats predict me finishing by the 9th, which while better than yesterday, is still hilarious. :D

Also, my music rotated to Robo's theme from Chrono Trigger while I was writing, and I just instinctively started grooving where I sat. This makes me happy. :)
leasspell_dael: Escaflowne's Hitomi with feather (Default)
So I'm attempting this NaNoWriMo thing again, and will hopefully make a better accounting of myself this time. I always start strong, usually getting 10,000 words in the first couple of days. Then I get complacent. After all, I have such a huge buffer, I can be idle for a few days, right? *wince* So, yeah, determined to be a winner this year! (Or at least share my humiliation publicly if I fail!)

I usually try to use NaNo to make progress on various WIPs sitting on my hard-drive. This year, I'm going to focus on three projects:

Titles and fandoms and summaries; oh my! )

I'm planning to organize my notes and previously written scenes on here to try and keep everything straight. Normally my policy is not to post WIPs until at least one draft is complete to prevent leaving people hanging (as I have with my first WIP... *sobs*). With the caveat that all work posted would be (very rough) draft only, and that there'd be no guarantee of completion, would anyone be interested if I left the entries visible to people on my Access List? Or should I go with my original plan to just leave the entries Private?

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