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Mike Jasper
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 - 03:35 am:   

October has finally arrived!

Here's the place for people who are participating in the informal novel-writing Dare to post their daily word counts, and, if they so choose, their war stories of a day in the trenches of novelling. And it's also the place to cheer on the success of others and encourage/jeer those who need motivating.

One important thing to keep in mind -- in this Dare, you're DRAFTING a novel. Don't stop yourself in the middle of the flow of writing to edit and revise too much. Just focus on telling the story. You have next month and the month after that to revise. Just tell the story this month. Finetune later.

In other words, don't be afraid to write a shitty first draft. Have fun!

Looking forward to reading about what people write this month. And I'm also looking forward to reading what people wrote this month (after I pick it up at the local bookstore, that is!).

And we're off!
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John Schramm
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 - 05:35 am:   

Well, here goes. My novel is a mystery, my first, and I've been writing it for about seven years. I've learned a lot in my first twenty or so attempts, so what's coming out now is pretty good, I think. It impressed the author at my monthly writer's group. At least, she giggled in the right places.
My count, as of 5:30am PDT, on Wednesday, October 1, 2003 stands at 5,888 words.

Good luck to all! And I look forward to "meeting" everyone. This seems like a fun crowd.

/JTS
(John "JT" Schramm)
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SarahP
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 - 05:59 am:   

Yeah, good luck everybody!

The internal clock woke me at five this morning. October 1st! Go, go, go! Crept downstairs in the dark, boiled water for tea, carried tea, chocolate chips, and dinner leftovers (yum!) into the sunroom, switched on the computer, and....vrooom!

Got 900 words done until seven o'clock and time to get ready for work. They were pretty good words, too, which surprised me. I managed to write myself out of this stalling point and into a nice protagonist pursued by bad guys scene, leading to a confrontation on London Bridge, where I stopped. Will take it up again this afternoon, but will likely make slow progress due to three-year-old.

So far, so good!
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Kathy Gabriel
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 - 06:38 am:   

Sunday September 28, 2700 words. Monday, nothin'. Tuesday, nothin'. Wednesday, sicker than a dog but going to work anyway and gonna write after work.

P.S. John S -- good grief! You are going great guns. Go, guy, go!


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Peter Sanderson
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 - 07:24 am:   

10 words this morning!

w00 w00!
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John Schramm
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 - 07:48 am:   

Kathy, thank you, but I should state that 5,888 is my starting total -- that is, what I have in my novel to date. I'll add from this point.

JT
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Andreas Black
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 - 08:43 am:   

Okay, the prologue to my novel is already written and stands at 2330. I deleted the first hundred words of chapter one because the viewpoint wasn't what I wanted.

So, for me, the starting point is 2330.

And I now have all my procrastination out of the way for the day. :-)

Andreas
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Jay Caselberg
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 - 09:55 am:   

Yeah, come on you slackers, write! I would, but I've just finished another novel and I need a breather. Time for some short fiction.
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Xanne
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 - 10:22 am:   

This is Xanne: yes, hello-hello.

I'm currently in the trenches for a huge fantasy epic that I began, ironically enough, October of last year.

"Word Count" has always been a mystery to me. In general, I never trust numbers, but also word counts tend to terrify me, being a prolific writer who is trying not to be so prolific! Since everyone is posting their beginning statistics (and this will probably be an interesting gauge for me as well), I spent a few minutes this morning adding up the numbers for the novel so far.

Now this is the formal chaptered work that's already in place for Part One ONLY:

Part One:
Prologue -- 3004
Chapt 1 -- 5188
Chapt 2 -- 7967
Chapt 3 -- 11024
Chapt 4 -- 7761
Chapt 5 -- 6068
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TOTAL -- 41,024

So that is my starting point. I'm still working on perfecting Chapters 4 & 5 since I will be giving out these sections to my makeshift workshop group this Monday. So I'd like to just keep trucking ahead with producing the rough material, but I've got to work on these first! :-)

My goal for this Novel Dare is an ambitious one. I'd like to get up to Chapters 8 & 9. I've got the ability to cheat however, since I've written rought portions of these already in Dublin. Heh!

So this is my report for the wee hours of last night (which were technically Oct 1):

Novel Progress Report: Yesterday

Wrote:
I thoroughly revised Chapter 4: the War Council sequence yet AGAIN. I managed a pass-and-review with two friends of mine, one of whom is a playwright. Not sure how to end the Peylon section and bridge it to the Vespera one; also unsure as to whether or not Vespera succeeds in seducing the King!

Read:
Picked up George R. R. Martin's A Storm of Swords (Bantam, 2000) for inspiration.
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Andreas Black
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 - 10:22 am:   

Ah, Jay, I take it Metal Sky is finished?

So what is your highest, single day work count? Off the top of my head, was it 9k?

I need something really daunting to aspire to. :-)
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Mike Jasper
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 - 10:31 am:   

Hey, Caselberg, quit rattling the writers' cages! ;)

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Jay Caselberg
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 - 10:34 am:   

Yep, Metal Sky's done. And yes, 9k was about the mark.
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Mary
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 - 10:38 am:   

1200 on the rewrite. Original chapter one, 4200 words, is torched and smoldering and all that remains is 1200 words. Suck.

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Donna Jones
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 - 12:01 pm:   

My name's Donna, and I hope it's okay to join in, I'm writing my first book after a year of being a reviewer, I hope that's not a dirty word! Oh and I kinda, sorta know Vera Nazarian (waves at Vera).

I'm writing a thriller/horror, difficult at the moment to classify it but I am three months into writing it and I need this as a kick up the proverbial, this story is keeping me up at night wanting to come out! I was going to follow the October Dare without signing up, but you all look like a friendly bunch and I'm dead keen ;o)

My count was 46000 words yesterday, and I wrote a further 1400 today.

Oh and I don't mind having my cage rattled, as long as it results in me writing for dear life!
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SarahP
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 - 12:18 pm:   

So I wrote 900 words on my novel this morning, but am not starting from zero. Adding up what I've got so far, I'm at about 40K. But I had to go back and start again at chapter one because of some plotting problems which stalled me out way back in June. After getting chapters one and two worked out, I'll skip ahead to thirteen, where I left off.

My dare is to finish it.

Which means I'd better get going!
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Andreas Black
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 - 12:42 pm:   

Okay, my total for today is 1063 words.

I got into this thing this morning and realized that I still lack a good understanding of who my two primary characters are. That made things a lot harder. I'll stop drafting for the day and see if I can get into their heads a bit better.

Still, not bad.
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Simon Owens
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 - 01:20 pm:   

Total for today: 600 words

Total for this month: 600 words
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Mike Jasper
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 - 01:34 pm:   

Oh crap, you guys. I'm falling behind already, and as the Fearless Leader I can't let y'all down...

Congrats to everyone who's gotten their words in already. You're inspiring me to write tonight, in spite of all the various Day Job distractions...
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Andreas Black
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 - 01:43 pm:   

Well Mike, the day job isn't a distraction for me anymore. :-)

I'm still hoping for a Caselberg day.
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Heather Shaw
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 - 03:13 pm:   

Hi everyone! I'm Heather, and I'm trying to write my first novel.

Hello, Heather!

The novel I'm writing is a YA (young adult) novel, based loosely on my evil grandmother. Since it's a YA, the total word count I'm shooting for is 60,000 (or 30 chapters at 2k each).

As of Saturday, I had 26,165 words written on this puppy.

I have written more, these past few days, but they're handwritten so I'm not sure how much there is. I tend to hand-write on the train to and from work, so my word counts are a little iffy until I type them in. I think I'll post them by number of pages, and adjust actual word count later.

Since Saturday, I have written 11 and 3/4 handwritten pages. That's counting a few I did on the train this morning.

I love novel dares; they really get me going. My goal is to finish the rough draft by Halloween.

Glad to be here in such good company!
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Mike
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 - 04:08 pm:   

Hello, Heather!!!!

Glad you could join the madness!
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Andreas Black
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 - 04:46 pm:   

Hello Heather!
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Simon Owens
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 - 06:03 pm:   

Words for today: 2,000 (almost exactly)

Words for the month so far: 2,600
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Nancy
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 - 06:09 pm:   

Hi all!
I hope everyone's had a productive Day 1.
I'm working on a SF novel, starting out with a mere 3000 words, a slew of handwritten notes, and hoping to have the first draft by Halloween.

Thanks for being workout partners.

Nancy
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Nancy
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 - 06:19 pm:   

Oh. and by the way, please add me to the list of darees...

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John Klima
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 - 06:22 pm:   

Here's my number: 5000

This is the number of words that I have now from revising the rough draft of a novel I started a few years ago. It's hard to tell anymore what is new and what was old. But, this is where I am going into tomorrow. From here on out it will be fresh words. Hopefully I can keep my 1000 - 1500 word pace that I want to keep. This should get me most of the way through a good rough draft (30K to 45K) by the end of the month.

Of course with World Fantasy at the end of the month I might lose some days in prep, but that's a risk I'll take.

JK
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Mike Jasper
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 - 07:26 pm:   

Well, good to see everyone's rockin' with the wordage.

Everyone but me, that is. Real World issues smacked upside the head today and most of the night.

My Day One Novel output -- barely 200 words. And I'm rounding up, too! Still putting together the scene where the gang all meet at the mother ship. It's getting there. Just need to find some time in the day to jam out some words.
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Elizabeth Peake
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 - 07:35 pm:   

I can't believe the busy day I had, and it wasn't a busy day for writing.

At one point, it felt like 500 people live in my house instead of 5.

Only 473 words today.

~E~
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Vera Nazarian
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 - 08:15 pm:   

Hey, Gang!

Okay, this has been "A Day" shall I say, and only *now* am I getting down to the writing -- it is 8:00 PM.

Note that I will be posting my progress in 4 places -- here in this thread, in my own Night Shade topic thread, in my SFF Net newsgroup, and in my Rumor Mill Topic. *phew!*

Hey, Donna! :-) Great to see you here, and welcome to the funny zone! *waves to Donna Jones, an excellent reviewer -- yes I am biased ;-) *

Okay, the State of the Stats:

At this point, MARGOT PHOENIX RISING, a kickass superhero romance destined for Silhouette Bombshell, the first of the *TWO* novels I will be working on *simultaneously* this month, stands at 2800 words even (part of chapter one).

And the second novel is COBWEB BRIDE, a dark fantasy about death who comes to an alternate renaissance world and proclaims that all dying will cease until he gets a bride of his own (which means that there are people and creatures dying -- from beggars to kings -- who cannot die, people in agony who are stuck that way without the release of death, and all the repercussions that accompany this hellish state). Anyway, this novel stands at a total of 11,783 words (chapter one has 6371 words, and chapter two, incomplete, has 5412 words).

My October Dare Goals are:

1) MARGOT PHOENIX RISING - Complete three chapters and an outline and submit this portion to Silhouette Bombshell.

2) COBWEB BRIDE - Write as much as possible on this one, with the ideal goal of completion.

Now with this out of the way, I am off to start working on the wordage for tonight!

:-)

Vera
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Simon
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 - 08:38 pm:   

I think I might be in the lead for the first day :-P
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mskyranch
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 - 10:28 pm:   

i got up at 4 a.m., planning to start a new fantasy novel,but there was a note from paul martens telling me about a warren zevon memorial anthology. i swore i was done with short stories, especially by royalty sharing, but zevon was such a fav, i spent three hours before work and another two tonight cranking out a 4,000 story. i'll start the novel tomorrow.
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John Schramm
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 - 11:04 pm:   

Wednesday is actually a bad day for me. I had to work in San Francisco, and the post-game traffic made it a horrid commute home to Tracy (about 68 miles), and I take my son to Cub Scouts on Wednesday nights, and then my wife makes me watch West Wing with her.

Yes, my ugly word count for today is ZERO!!!

I'll make up for it tomorrow. Yes, I could be writing now, but I'm tired, and tomorrow is another ugly commute day.

October Dare total = 0
Novel Total = 5888

/JTS
(John "JT" Schramm)

http://www.journalscape.com/jtschramm
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Kathy Gabriel
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 - 11:05 pm:   

Starting word count on my fantasy is 12,600. Didn't write today as my daughter had an emergency, an all-day deal, and they are keeping her in the hospital. Tomorrow, though, is another day.
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Nancy
Posted on Thursday, October 02, 2003 - 01:17 am:   

1000 words for Day 1, the second half of the first chapter. SF mystery piece

Spent most of the time getting used to the Mac (made the great shift from PC to ibook just yesterday--just in time for the Dare as well as for the September promotional freebie components).

Novel total: 4000
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Vera Nazarian
Posted on Thursday, October 02, 2003 - 03:29 am:   

Today's Dare Progress - October 2 (since I started so late on the 1st)

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Novel 1 - MARGOT PHOENIX RISING

Starting Total: 2,800 words
Total New Words: 733 words - Finished chapter one, started chapter two. :-)
Novel Total: 3533 words

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Novel 2 - COBWEB BRIDE

Starting Total: 11,783 words
Total New Words - Big Fat Zero words, *grin* but am re-rereading the previously written material to get back into it.
Novel Total: 11,783 words

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TOTAL TODAY'S WORDS ON BOTH: 733 words

*Note: Will probably not be able to do any more wordage until Monday, since tomorrow I get ready to leave for Conjecture.
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Mike Jasper
Posted on Thursday, October 02, 2003 - 03:37 am:   

All right, y'all are inspiring me! Keep up the great work.
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SarahP
Posted on Thursday, October 02, 2003 - 05:23 am:   

Oh man, Vera, I want to read your death novel!

Day One total was a rockin' 1100 words. Got 500 in this morning, but the day has just begun...
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Kathy Gabriel
Posted on Thursday, October 02, 2003 - 07:17 am:   

So far today, as of 0720, I have written 921 words, a complete scene. I tend to think in scenes rather than words, and doing a whole scene at a sitting pleases me greatly. It all came quickly to me, too, a scene I didn't know what to do with came together.

Got to take care of some things for my daughter, take her slippers to the hospital and whatever else I can think of she'd like to have, cancel her appointments, make excuses to her teachers, but I hope to wrote some more later.
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Donna Jones
Posted on Thursday, October 02, 2003 - 08:36 am:   

I have to second Sarah's post, hurry up Vera I want to read Cobweb Bride too!
Well I have to say I feel like I am at a Writerís Anonymous Meeting!

My turn to admit my addiction... My nameís Donna and - Iím a Compulsive Procrastinator! But not today!!!!

Gets up runs round room waving arms, weaving in and out of the other chairs and generally really chuffed :-)

Today's Wordage = 2685
Total for Oct = 4085

Wooohooooooooo Donna bounces out of the room before she breaks something, exits stage door left :-)
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pmfh
Posted on Thursday, October 02, 2003 - 09:11 am:   

Chronic procrastinator's syndrome isn't a real disorder, is it? Too bad...

I'm Paul, aka Guru ( http://journalscape.com/guru/ ). And I'm having trouble resisting The Dare... So, I'm chiming in, but I'm not doing a novel. ;> I have three shorter essay projects in view (I'm greedy): an essay on Bakunin and the church, a section of my thesis that I researched and never wrote (Athenagoras and the resurrection of the body), and a commentary on I Samuel.

The last one I think I can hit if I cover a chapter a day on average. Athenagoras I have all the structure and research for already. The Bakunin essay will probably just be a glorified rant...

Of course, on Day Two, I have nothing *written* yet... *gulp*
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Mike Jasper
Posted on Thursday, October 02, 2003 - 01:37 pm:   

Hey! Added about 100 new words at work! That's FREE fiction, babee!

Kathy -- best wishes to you and your daughter.

Oh hey, could I get people to use their real names here, first and last? You don't need to add your email addy. I like knowing who's who. Only if you want. This is a pretty safe Discussion Board.
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Andreas Black
Posted on Thursday, October 02, 2003 - 02:22 pm:   

Ah, well. Had a lot of things going on today, but still managed some wordage.

Words for today: 1014
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mskyranch
Posted on Thursday, October 02, 2003 - 04:01 pm:   

got up at 4 again this morning and knocked out the first 1,500 words on the new novel. went to work and discovered one of my favorite stories didn't come out in the summer Roadworks, as i'd been told it would -- and that the editor, who i talked to a month ago, hadn't bothered to tell me he couldn't do it AND was killing the publication.
so i plan on drinking tonight instead of writing, then going to mexico for three days and drinking A LOT and trying to write long-hand, so no more reports from me until monday.
ok, i had planned on the drinking part anyway.
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Mike Jasper
Posted on Thursday, October 02, 2003 - 04:29 pm:   

Ah, drinking heavily -- good advice Mark (mskyranch)! Just please stop killing those markets, okay???

I'll be heading to the beach this weekend myself to get away from the craziness of reality, but I plan on bringing my shitty laptop and banging out some wordage early in the morning whilst everyone else sleeps off their drunks. I don't need much sleep.

Did some hacking and slashing tonight on the old ending of the novel-in-progress, and I'm all ready to jam out some new wordage early tomorrow.

ALSO -- CHECK THIS OUT -- I've set up a section of the board where you can paste a short Daily Excerpt from your daily work. Keep it short and sweet, okay? And just one a day, per customer, thanks.
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SarahP
Posted on Thursday, October 02, 2003 - 08:16 pm:   

(Is SarahP sufficient, Mike? It's Sarah Prineas, for those of you who don't know me...)

Got on a roll tonight and added a bunch of words to the total, which brings me to 1700 for today, day two.

The bit I wrote tonight look pretty good at the moment, but I'm so tired I can hardly think straight. Oh, god, 5:30 in the morning coming up...
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Mary Madewell
Posted on Thursday, October 02, 2003 - 11:37 pm:   

Another 1200 words on the rewrite, and there went Chapter 2 into the trash (I didn't like that character). 2400 words, give or take.

Whoo-hoo!


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Nancy
Posted on Friday, October 03, 2003 - 12:22 am:   

End of Day 2: Only 804 today--but I set 500/day as the bare minimum, so I won't ritually disembowel myself just yet.

You guys are great inspiration, all of you!
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SarahP
Posted on Friday, October 03, 2003 - 06:38 am:   

Got up this morning and zipped out 600 words and cut-and-pasted and fixed up another 1500 before the kids swarmed in demanding breakfast. I created a new character, with whom I am enamored. Meet The Landlady, Mistress Groat, she of the one tooth, the grimy red head kerchief, the down-at-heel slippers; she is the aunt of George ("named after the King, he is!") a boxer who works part time collecting back rent. Look out, David!

I think I write better when I'm tired. Somehow the internal editor goes to sleep and things just...flow. Weird.
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Kathy Gabriel
Posted on Friday, October 03, 2003 - 06:45 am:   

542 this morning, more later.
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Jamie Rosen
Posted on Friday, October 03, 2003 - 07:05 am:   

Well, for starters, I've downgraded my October goal from 50k to 31k -- that's still an average of 1000 words a day, which would be more than respectable. I'd rather have a more attainable goal that I can overshoot than a less attainable one I can fall short of.

I chose to run with the sf novel rather than the New Wave woo-woo one, so it's harder for me to just churn it out. I have to stretch my writerly muscles in ways they're not used to.

Unfortunately, at times it's felt like I'm just rewriting Vessel of Heaven. It won't be the same by any stretch, but the parallels may be a bit much.

With all that said, as of waking up this morning, I had 1788 words done. Some catching up to do, and today's my brother's birthday and the day my sweetie comes to town for the weekend. Better move it.
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Mike Jasper
Posted on Friday, October 03, 2003 - 07:27 am:   

Kill that internal editor! Just focus on telling the story in this version, getting all the characters and facts in, then you can go back and make it all purty.

At least, in theory, that's what I'm trying to do...

Didn't get the words done this morning, as I was on the phone, accepting a teaching job at the local community college! I start on Oct. 20th, taking a cut in pay to get out of cube hell (aka Big Blue) and doing something that's more meaningful and challenging to me.

And speaking of challenges, I'm taking the Shitty Laptop (black and white 8-inch screen, Windows 3.1, Word 6 on it) with me to the beach to get my characters out of the Iowa blizzard and into the Wannoshay mother ship. Those poor folks have been out in the cold for WAY too long!

Have a great weekend everyone! Chat with ya on Sunday night or Monday morning.
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Donna Jones
Posted on Friday, October 03, 2003 - 08:26 am:   

Got to admit today wasnít good for me. I felt totally discouraged with the whole thing, had the fear on about writing poo. But saying that I didnít delete it and I wrote something. Had myself some reading too. So I wasn't completely paralysed by literary fear.

Todayís Wordage = 216
October Total = 4301

:-( Demoralised, discouraged, but I ainít giving up. Not just yet anyway.

Hope everyone else has had a better day than me!
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pmfh = Paul Hoemke
Posted on Friday, October 03, 2003 - 09:35 am:   

(sorry 'bout the name thing)

Well, I haven't written anything yet, either, but I *did* get an outline of my intro remarks for the commentary (I Samuel): story background, character summaries, and context stuff. Though I'll have to write the character stuff last. And it might spoiler the commentary.

Did nothing at all with the other projects; I have a bad feeling about them... But I *did* get to name-drop Bakunin at dinner last night! :>
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Mary Madewell
Posted on Friday, October 03, 2003 - 11:51 am:   

Don't get discouraged, Donna, it's only your mind playing tricks on you, as you seem to be aware, happens to everyone and has nothing to do with the project at hand. Luck for tomorrow, hopefully the feelings of fear will be gone by then.
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Donna Jones
Posted on Friday, October 03, 2003 - 02:06 pm:   

Thanks for the words of wisdom Mary, you've cheered me on for tomorrow!
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Andreas Black
Posted on Friday, October 03, 2003 - 02:49 pm:   

Words for today: 637

For more details, go here.


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Simon Owens
Posted on Friday, October 03, 2003 - 04:31 pm:   

Today's words: 400

Words for the month: 3,000

I think I might try to throw another 2,000 in before the night's end.

Also made another sale today. Woo hoo!
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Xanne
Posted on Friday, October 03, 2003 - 04:34 pm:   

I haven't created new material but I finished Chapter 4 in the wee hours of last night (sloppily but even so!). Trying to come up with good transitions between different character perspectives is a horrid, horrid occupation.

--------------------------------
Novel Progress Report: Yesterday
--------------------------------

Wrote:
Edited/Revised/Expanded/FINISHED Chapter 4, baby!

Read:
The greatest 3 buck book EVER: The Sagas of Icelanders, featuring a preface by Jane Smiley (Leifur Eiriksson Publishing Ltd, 1997).
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SarahP
Posted on Friday, October 03, 2003 - 06:27 pm:   

Another 250 words tonight for a total of 850 for Day 3, but that doesn't count the @3K I revised and cut-and-pasted into its new setting. So a pretty good day. Set me up for another new chapter tomorrow--the pawnbroker followed by the scene where David sells his body to science.

Boy, am I sleepy.
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Simon Owens
Posted on Friday, October 03, 2003 - 06:46 pm:   

Another 500 words tonight.

Total for this month: 3,500
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Nancy
Posted on Friday, October 03, 2003 - 10:27 pm:   

Day 3: 780 words, mostly an introduction to one of the semi-minor characters: a computer medium/exorcist (for all those nasty ghosts-in-the-machines).

Still going...
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John Schramm
Posted on Friday, October 03, 2003 - 11:30 pm:   

Suffered a bout of isomnia Wednesday night. Clock read 1:49 the last time I looked, so I probably got around three hours of sleep. And not quality sleep.
Thursday, I was very tired day, but I managed to write some during an extnded lunch break.
Friday, I was really tired all day, but I got some wordage in tonight after work during my usual Friday night stint at the Barnes and Noble cafe. And then my wife called to say she has a stomach flu and asked me to wrap it up.

Wed total -- 1234
Thu total -- 277
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Dare total - 1511
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Novel Total 7392

Sounds like everyone is doing well! Donna, hang in there!


/JTS
(John "JT" Schramm)

Read more at --> http://www.journalscape.com/jtschramm
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Simon Owens
Posted on Saturday, October 04, 2003 - 12:22 pm:   

Today's words so far: 500

Words for this month: 4,000
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SarahP
Posted on Saturday, October 04, 2003 - 04:03 pm:   

Day Four Total: 1700 words! About halfway through chapter four. Gonna finish the rest of it tomorrow, then onto chapter five, in which David makes a deal with the Royal Society and Sally Tuppence appears on the scene again.

Things is moving along nicely.

Hey, Mike, this posting business is so motivational--thanks for setting it up!!
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pmfh
Posted on Saturday, October 04, 2003 - 06:27 pm:   

Cruddy start, but at least I'm started, right? 256 words, most all of which I'll probably discard. (More at journalscape.)
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Simon Owens
Posted on Saturday, October 04, 2003 - 07:32 pm:   

And another 500 words added on to my previous wordage earlier today.

Word count for this month: 4,500
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Nancy
Posted on Saturday, October 04, 2003 - 10:32 pm:   

Day 4: 1307 words. Mostly flashbacks establishing the relationship between three of the characters: the tech with a mediumistic bedside manner, a hyperactive hacker, and a human computer virus.




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Mary Madewell
Posted on Sunday, October 05, 2003 - 12:08 am:   

Day 3 was another 1200 words, for a 3200 word total on the rewrite. Day 4 has been an unfortunate bust, as I felt it necessary to indulge in a couple of bottles of Peche Lambic and some inventive conversation with fellow frustrated artists living in Vegas.

Oh, and I got my contributor's copy of Intracities. That's a good feeling. ;-)
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Liz W
Posted on Sunday, October 05, 2003 - 05:05 am:   

Returned from Milford and now in recovery.

However, I have now revised (via a swift pass: more intensive work to follow) 7000 words of the novel draft.

Written: 3000, but it's a short story. Typical! Give me a novel dare and I start on the short fic...

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Donna Jones
Posted on Sunday, October 05, 2003 - 06:00 am:   

Weekends arenít good normally for writing, hubby is around and he distracts me! So Iím going to do a weekend total as opposed to daily wordage.

This Weekendís Wordage = 2030
October Total = 6331

After Fridays damp squib of a day Iím quite happy with my efforts over the weekend. Thanks for all the support and thanks Mike for letting me join in the October Dare. Consistently writing each day is so much better than the Ďfits and startsí technique! :o)
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SarahP
Posted on Sunday, October 05, 2003 - 06:19 am:   

Here to revise my day four total up, to 2600 words. Ended up getting the chapter finished and David out of the pawnshop and threatened by George the landlady's nephew and starting to get desperate.

Today, Sunday Day Five, is going to be tough 'cos my mom is coming to visit and I have to clean the house, plus my daughter's got a soccer game. Going to try to squeeze in some writing time, somehow. I'm really jazzed about chapter five, so it might not wait...
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Kathy Gabriel
Posted on Sunday, October 05, 2003 - 06:23 am:   

For Saturday, 500 words and a batch of oatmeal and raisin cookies. The cookies were too dry, but the words are good.
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Jamie Rosen
Posted on Sunday, October 05, 2003 - 11:43 am:   

As of waking up today, somewhere around 3400 words (I don't have it with me.) Catch up time again, but I can do it.
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Simon Owens
Posted on Sunday, October 05, 2003 - 12:20 pm:   

Good job, Jamie. 3,400 in a day ain't bad :-P
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Simon Owens
Posted on Sunday, October 05, 2003 - 01:01 pm:   

500 words so far for today.

Words for this month: 5,000
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Simon Owens
Posted on Sunday, October 05, 2003 - 06:07 pm:   

Ending the day with another 1,000 words.

Words for this month: 6,000
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Andreas Black
Posted on Sunday, October 05, 2003 - 07:37 pm:   

Well, word total for the weekend is zip, nada, nothing.

Excuses are here, and here.
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Kathy Gabriel
Posted on Sunday, October 05, 2003 - 08:28 pm:   

1400 words today. Good words, solid words, necessary words. I think. I hope.
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Xanne
Posted on Sunday, October 05, 2003 - 09:31 pm:   

VERY exciting news.

I have lived and breathed the novel this weekend, even going so far as to stay home from a get together Saturday night in order to continue my brilliant writing streak. Not only have I completed the editing and transitional material for Chapter 4, I also beautified Chapter 5 -- AND wrote 3500 words of new material!! SWEET! Some of the stuff I was going to use in Chapter 5 has now been pushed into Chapter 6, which means I've already got some headway there too. Awesome!

This is all in time for my NIP (Novel In Progress) workshop group I've set up with friends and friends-of-friends. I'll be handing out Chapter 4 & 5 to them tomorrow night! Woohoo!

~X
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Mary Madewell
Posted on Sunday, October 05, 2003 - 11:36 pm:   

3100 words tonight, for a total of 6300. I love coming across whole sections of text that don't suck.
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Vera Nazarian
Posted on Monday, October 06, 2003 - 02:18 am:   

You guys all so TOTALLY rock!

I just got back from wonderful fun Conjecture and have zero words to report over the weekend, for obvious reasons. However tomorrow evening I hope to get in *something* on one or both of the books.

:-)

Vera

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SarahP
Posted on Monday, October 06, 2003 - 05:05 am:   

Sunday total: 850 words, squeezed in between soccer game and cleaning the house!

Monday morning: 1000 words, plus chapter five is all mapped out, just have to fill in the spaces.
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mskyranch
Posted on Monday, October 06, 2003 - 06:48 am:   

mike, congrats on the new job! hope you like teaching.
i managed about 4,000 words over the weekend in mexico. i have job-related insomnia myself at the moment, which is at least good for getting things done until i collapse.
my characters are looking way too much like tim and serena powers, with some of my problems; i know i'll have to rewrite them at some point, but i get such a kick out of "doing" people i know a little, it make the first draft way easier.
mark
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Peter Sanderson
Posted on Monday, October 06, 2003 - 07:36 am:   

Everyone else is doing it, so why not me?

I'm plugging away, still, on the novel I'd hoped to have finished ages ago. +3800 or so words so far this month.

It's only *kinda* cheating...
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Jamie Rosen
Posted on Monday, October 06, 2003 - 09:07 am:   

Oh, no, that 3400-and-something word count was for the month to date, not for one day.

As of waking up today, 4676. So I'm about 300 words behind where I'd like to be, but that should be doable.
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Mike Jasper
Posted on Monday, October 06, 2003 - 12:31 pm:   

Okay, after a weekend of too much partying and good food and ZERO writing at the beach, finally was able to sit down and do some more work on the novel.

My inspiration was reading everyone's posts here, as well as the excellent teasers over in the Excerpts section. Glad this is working so well for everyone! Keep it up -- you're keeping me focused in these crazy weeks of job-jumping and syllabus-writing!

700 words today, bumping the novel up to 78,500 finished words, with about 25,000 more words to go.
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Donna Jones
Posted on Monday, October 06, 2003 - 12:45 pm:   

Not a bad day, my October total is steadily creeping up and thatís a good thing, got a long way till I finish the novel, but each day I take a step closer.
:o)

Todayís Wordage = 1307
October Total = 7638
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Simon Owens
Posted on Monday, October 06, 2003 - 01:31 pm:   

Today's Word Count: 1,000

Words for this month: 7,000
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Andreas Black
Posted on Monday, October 06, 2003 - 05:12 pm:   

Words for today: 1005.

Details are here.
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mskyranch
Posted on Monday, October 06, 2003 - 05:44 pm:   

tough day in court. squeezed in 500 words after it was over, because i refuse to do nothing -- and also managed to submit a story to jay for polyphony.
need to crash. anyone ever break a waterbed by falling onto it?
mark
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Kathy Gabriel
Posted on Monday, October 06, 2003 - 07:43 pm:   

500 words today. I don't know where I'm going with this goofy book!!! The characters are... should I just LET them take over?
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Nancy
Posted on Monday, October 06, 2003 - 09:48 pm:   

Oh, yeah, how many times have I told myself, "I'll bring the laptop to the beach and crank out a couple thousand words..."

I dunno, the beach tends to demand a be-here-now frame of mind... and if it doesn't, you're doing it wrong. So congratulations, Mike, on doing the beach right.

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Nancy
Posted on Monday, October 06, 2003 - 09:54 pm:   

Day 5 (yesterday): started out research-focused, didn't think I'd actually lay down any text but in the end produced 1022 words on bizarre murder scene #1 (yes, it's still a comedy).

Today: 1147, mostly outline but a thoroughly successful outline: I finally have an ending that doesn't suck. Yay!

Total for this month: 6135
Total novel: 9135
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Mary Madewell
Posted on Monday, October 06, 2003 - 11:29 pm:   

Okey doke, 2400 tonight, 8700 total on the rewrite so far. Movin' right along, everything is becoming much tighter, much smoother, and more in line with the story.
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SarahP
Posted on Tuesday, October 07, 2003 - 03:16 am:   

Monday total of 1300 and another early start for day 7. Y'know the hardest thing about this dare is doing the math to keep track of my daily totals?
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SarahP
Posted on Tuesday, October 07, 2003 - 03:17 am:   

Ooh, I didn't mean for that to sound smug. I'm really, really bad at math.

Which is why my protagonist is a mathematician.

Sheesh.
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Donna Jones
Posted on Tuesday, October 07, 2003 - 09:29 am:   

Not a fantastic day today, I sneezed this morning and I think I blew my brains out. It seemed that way anyway! Iím actually quite pleased with what I did do even though I felt quite rough, definately getting a cold or something. Tomorrow is another day, and I can dose myself up and drink plenty.

Rewrite wordage = 439 Todayís New Wordage = 241
October Total = 8318

Sarah, at least you do the maths - I think I'll be using that formula once the book has had it's rewrites when it really counts, once is enough! LOL
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Mike Jasper
Posted on Tuesday, October 07, 2003 - 01:32 pm:   

Didn't do any Novel Words(TM), but did a short short for a Secret Project(TM) instead. Had a ball doing it!

Tomorrow I'll try and get up early and do some work on the novel. Really I will.
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pmfh
Posted on Tuesday, October 07, 2003 - 06:28 pm:   

Progress (lackthereof) at JS/guru/, with the first quarter-k of words. Definitely gonna be a cruddy first draft at the start...
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Andreas Black
Posted on Tuesday, October 07, 2003 - 07:01 pm:   

Cool, Mike. A Secret Project, eh?

Anyway, the novel writing is still going strong. Another 1085 words to add to the total.

As always, more details available here.
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mark siegel
Posted on Tuesday, October 07, 2003 - 08:53 pm:   

1,000 more.
was also reading the final conversation of Phillip Dick as part of my research ("What if our reality is their heaven?" with an intro by powers), and learned he wrote most of his novels in 8-10 day sprints. so, technically, we could all be writing 3 novels this month.
mark
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Mary Madewell
Posted on Tuesday, October 07, 2003 - 11:11 pm:   

2300 rewritten words, for a total of 11K, almost exactly.

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John T. Schramm
Posted on Tuesday, October 07, 2003 - 11:21 pm:   

I was hoping I would do better for my first Novel Dare, but, the weekend, playoffs, stuff to do, etc...

I knocked out some words at work on Tuesday during a late afternoon break, and I am WAH tomorrow, so I expect some good wordage.

Went to a Writer's Group meeting Monday night and got (and gave) some decent feedback. I'm trying to stick to the no editing rule, even though I know I need it.

Friday (3) through Monday (6) total -- 0
Tuesday (7) total -- 316
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Dare total -- 1827
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Novel Total -- 7708

/JTS
(John "JT" Schramm)

http://www.journalscape.com/jtschramm
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Vera Nazarian
Posted on Wednesday, October 08, 2003 - 03:40 am:   

Today's Dare Progress - October 7

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Novel 1 - MARGOT PHOENIX RISING

Starting Total: 2,800 words
Total New Words: 740 words - working on chapter two.
Novel Total: 4,273 words

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Novel 2 - COBWEB BRIDE

Starting Total: 11,783 words
Total New Words - 0 words, another busy day today.
Novel Total: 11,783 words

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TOTAL TODAY'S WORDS ON BOTH: 740 words

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SarahP
Posted on Wednesday, October 08, 2003 - 05:02 am:   

Week one total of 8400 words, plus about 5K of revisions and cut-and-pasting.
On Day Seven I got in 1K before breakfast. Had writing group meeting at night, so no more wordage.
So far this morning (Day Eight) I've got @600 words, a very busy day at work planned, and a little boy with a tummy bug, so who knows what the rest of the day will bring.
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Donna Jones
Posted on Wednesday, October 08, 2003 - 05:08 am:   

Todayís Wordage = 1004 October Total = 9322

Feeling rather rough today! I seem to be shy of that 10k but soon get there. Itís all coming together though, the scenes seem to be falling into place more easily the more I write. It doesnít look like a skeleton of a storyline anymore.
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mark siegel
Posted on Wednesday, October 08, 2003 - 04:30 pm:   

added another 1,200 words today.
my excerpts are getting shorter and punchier. i like that in an excerpt.
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Andreas Black
Posted on Wednesday, October 08, 2003 - 06:53 pm:   

I only wrote 687 words today. There were too many distractions.

More details can be found here.
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SarahP
Posted on Wednesday, October 08, 2003 - 07:51 pm:   

Got 1000 words in today (Day 8), a tiny chapterlet added in between chapters two and three to introduce another viewpoint character.
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John Schramm
Posted on Wednesday, October 08, 2003 - 11:16 pm:   

WAH (work at home) days are always good for writing. I managed to get some wordage in this morning, before going to the gym. A bit more in the afternoon. My son and I went to our respective Religious Education classes. I came home wrote some more before taking him to Cub Scouts. And I did some more tonight. So, it was a good day!

Wednesday total -- 821
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Dare total -- 2648
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Novel Total -- 8529

/JTS
(John "JT" Schramm)

http://www.journalscape.com/jtschramm

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John Schramm
Posted on Wednesday, October 08, 2003 - 11:34 pm:   

WAH (work at home) days are always good for writing. I managed to get some wordage in this morning, before going to the gym. A bit more in the afternoon. My son and I went to our respective Religious Education classes. I came home wrote some more before taking him to Cub Scouts. And I did some more tonight. So, it was a good day!

CUBS WIN!!! SOX WIN!!!

Wednesday total -- 821
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Dare total -- 2648
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Novel Total -- 8529

/JTS
(John "JT" Schramm)

http://www.journalscape.com/jtschramm

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Nancy
Posted on Wednesday, October 08, 2003 - 11:35 pm:   

Tuesday was a study day (that's my excuse and I'm sticking with it), so Day 7 is a big fat 0

Today I squeezed out 1071 between classes. Not as polished as I'd like, but Mike gave me permission to write a crappy first draft and to muzzle my internal monkey. Done.
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Mary Madewell
Posted on Thursday, October 09, 2003 - 12:00 am:   

A whoppin' 400 words on the rewrite, but my excuse is that it's my crappy schedule day (I work three different sets of hours during the week, today's being the nastiest and most time-sucking). I get the next two days off, so that means I only have to go to work for three hours each day. Vegas sucks.

So, total is 11,400.
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SarahP
Posted on Thursday, October 09, 2003 - 05:10 am:   

Day Nine so far, 1100 words this morning. This waking up early thing is working out really well for me.
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Donna Jones
Posted on Thursday, October 09, 2003 - 06:48 am:   

Today's Wordage = 1422 October Total = 10744

Reached 10k finally! Been sent on a mission by a family member so that has to take priority.
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mark siegel
Posted on Thursday, October 09, 2003 - 01:42 pm:   

another 1,200 today. for the month thus far, i have a 4,400 wd short story and the first 10,000 words on the novel.
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Simon Owens
Posted on Thursday, October 09, 2003 - 10:15 pm:   

500 words tonight.

Words for this month: 7,500
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Nancy
Posted on Thursday, October 09, 2003 - 10:18 pm:   

Day 9: 2100 words, plus a bit of re-working on Chapter 1.

Been spending most of my computer time editting wedding pictures. That with the increase in writing time and I'm beginning to suffer from butt-spread syndrome. (Oh, yeah, there's a body attached to these fingers.)
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Mary Madewell
Posted on Friday, October 10, 2003 - 01:10 am:   

400 more words today. I'll spare the explicatives. 11,800 total.
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Vera Nazarian
Posted on Friday, October 10, 2003 - 04:23 am:   

Absolutely nothing on the Dare yesterday, although wrote significantly on another unrelated project.

But...

Today's Dare Progress - October 9

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Novel 1 - MARGOT PHOENIX RISING

Starting Total: 2,800 words
Total New Words: 1,508 words - still working on chapter two.
Novel Total: 5,781 words

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Novel 2 - COBWEB BRIDE

Starting Total: 11,783 words
Total New Words - 0 words
Novel Total: 11,783 words

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TOTAL TODAY'S WORDS ON BOTH: 1,508 words
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Donna Jones
Posted on Friday, October 10, 2003 - 01:23 pm:   

Not a good day at all, O on the total for today. Here's hoping tomorrow will be better!
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mark Siegel
Posted on Friday, October 10, 2003 - 05:38 pm:   

a bit less than 1,000 today, but because the novel is really opening up. i spent a ton of time just plotting and making notes.
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Andreas Black
Posted on Friday, October 10, 2003 - 05:45 pm:   

Only 212 words on the novel in the past two days -- had another project to work on. I'll attempt to make up some wordage on Sunday.

Details here.
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pmfh
Posted on Saturday, October 11, 2003 - 09:13 am:   

First chapter commentary was just 563 words; second made it to 608, and they're posted at js/guru/ as usual. So far, not bad. Accelerating as I go, which is good.
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SarahP
Posted on Saturday, October 11, 2003 - 10:13 am:   

Friday (Day 10) total of 830 words. Have just given the kids lunch and will send them out to play in the leaves, so I am ready to start catching up!
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Simon Owens
Posted on Saturday, October 11, 2003 - 01:29 pm:   

600 words today.

Words for this month: 8,100
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SarahP
Posted on Saturday, October 11, 2003 - 03:58 pm:   

Yow, a good day today. Saturday, Day 11: 2900 words.
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Nancy
Posted on Sunday, October 12, 2003 - 12:39 am:   

Day 11 (Friday): 700
Day 12: big zero

sigh, the apophis stage sets in...

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Mary Madewell
Posted on Sunday, October 12, 2003 - 10:36 am:   

I've been having a bad couple of days. :-(

Did a thousand more words, but I'll probably have to rewrite those again.

12,800
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mark siegel
Posted on Sunday, October 12, 2003 - 12:32 pm:   

i've added around 3,000 words over the past day and a half. not bad, considering i partied all of last night away, and want to take time off to catch Kill Bill or maybe the Bills Kill the Jets this afternoon.
michael, you OK? haven't heard much from you.
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Liz W
Posted on Sunday, October 12, 2003 - 12:39 pm:   

Just got back from Prague, where I wrote the first few pages of a short story. HOWEVER, I have started the next novel and am now 1,300 words in, plus 30 pp of revision today on the draft of the last book. Well done all.
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SarahP
Posted on Sunday, October 12, 2003 - 02:28 pm:   

Day 12 (Sunday) 2400 words. My poor protags are having a tough time, the both of them. And I'm afraid it's going to get worse before it gets better.

I'd write more tonight, but must prepare for class tomorrow, including grading 16 midterms... Just when I was getting on a roll!
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mark siegel
Posted on Sunday, October 12, 2003 - 06:41 pm:   

today was pretty much smashed. my friend jim died this morning. we hadn't spoken in nine months because of a little tiff he had with my wife, but he was my best friend for a long time, and i figured we'd get back together sometime.† we went over to his place in rocky point (mexico) last weekend, but they weren't there -- and i was worried then that something like this had happened to him.† we were going to call him this week, and, of course never did.
i put off thinking about his death for a while today -- you can do that; even when you're aware of it, you can refuse to think about it for a few hours, refuse to let it take hold of you and change who he is to you.† but you run into all the cliches: i went to see Kill Bill, and of course wished he was there to see it, to talk about it, just to laugh about it.† can't do anything more.† carole and i had a margarita by the pool in his honor and listened to the warren zevon CD, especially "keep me in your heart for a while" and "knockin' on heaven's door".
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John Schramm
Posted on Sunday, October 12, 2003 - 11:44 pm:   

I figured I would check in, though, I have no new wordage to report. Now, I know that revising and editing is forbidden, however, I did spend Friday night at my Barnes and Noble cafe in Pleasanton, CA doing some OUTLINING. I was able to resolve some scenes I have written, and I now have a blueprint for the scenes to come.

Busy weekend, not a lot of writing time.

But, I am leaving for Vegas (Bouchercon) on Tuesday...! Will I see any of you there?

JT Schramm

Dare total -- 2648
Novel Total -- 8529
http://www.journalscape.com/jtschramm
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Donna Jones
Posted on Monday, October 13, 2003 - 06:57 am:   

Well I had an awful weekend too :-( , seems it was a weekend like that for quite a few of us! Viral infection well and truely knocked me for six and then coupled with two completely sleepless nights I wasnít even fit for writing a shopping list LOL! So,

Weekend Wordage = 0 (Bah Humbug)

But I got back in the saddle today, and I actually surprised myself by how much I wrote!

Todayís Wordage = 1256
October Total = 12,000

Keep going everyone... :-)

Mark, I'm so very sorry for your loss. I don't know all the answers but I'm pretty sure that your friend knows that you still cared about him.
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mark siegel
Posted on Monday, October 13, 2003 - 10:01 am:   

thanks, donna
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Nancy
Posted on Monday, October 13, 2003 - 03:23 pm:   

Yesterday's total 1200 (and had to fight for even that).
Last night's bout with food poisoning (Canada has Thankgiving today), is leaving me pretty incapacitated.

Maybe this evening I'll feel hale enough to choke out some more wordage.

Mark, I'm sorry to hear about your friend. I'm sure he loved the poolside margarita-commemoration--friends are like that.
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Nancy
Posted on Monday, October 13, 2003 - 03:50 pm:   

Yesterday's total 1200 (and had to fight for even that).
Last night's bout with food poisoning (Canada has Thankgiving today), is leaving me pretty incapacitated.

Maybe this evening I'll feel hale enough to choke out some more wordage.

Mark, I'm sorry to hear about your friend. I'm sure he loved the poolside margarita-commemoration--friends are like that.
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Mike Jasper
Posted on Monday, October 13, 2003 - 05:04 pm:   

Argh -- I'm WAY behind. Keep up the good work folks -- you're inspiring me to get back to work on my novel, at last, after a pretty crazy couple of weeks. I did revise a novelette and send that back out this morning, so that should count for something...

Hope everyone's doing well. Good vibes are being sent out to Mark and Donna (and anyone else who may need 'em)... :-)
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Andreas Black
Posted on Monday, October 13, 2003 - 08:23 pm:   

Okay, i'm back to writing. I managed 515 words today. It's not much, but still within my goal.

Details here.
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Simon Owens
Posted on Monday, October 13, 2003 - 09:56 pm:   

Words for today: 1,400

Words for this month: 9,500
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Vera Nazarian
Posted on Tuesday, October 14, 2003 - 03:52 am:   

Absolutely NOTHING written for the Dare for the last 3 days.

(Though I did work on another non-fiction project).

Should make a habit of posting the big zero every missed day, to give myself a kick...

But...

Today's Dare Progress - October 13

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Novel 1 - MARGOT PHOENIX RISING

Starting Total: 2,800 words
Total New Words: 763 words - still on chapter two.
Novel Total: 6,544 words

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Novel 2 - COBWEB BRIDE

Starting Total: 11,783 words
Total New Words - 581 words - resumed work on chapter two.
Novel Total: 12,364 words

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TOTAL TODAY'S WORDS ON BOTH: 1,344 words

And the good news is, I have written some on *both* novels in one sitting! YEAH! This is what I am looking to get into the habit of doing this month. :-)
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Vera Nazarian
Posted on Tuesday, October 14, 2003 - 03:56 am:   

PS -- Mark, major sympathies on the loss of your friend.
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Donna Jones
Posted on Tuesday, October 14, 2003 - 05:56 am:   

Still not feeling a hundred percent, just hoping that I'll be fitter next week to get some serious writing down. However, I still managed wordage.

Today's Wordage = 1000
Oct Dare Total = 13000

Thanks Mike for the good vibes, thankfully I ducked before any of them slapped me in the face. Vibes especially the good ones are explosive lil' critters! ;o)

Keep going everyone...
P.S. Look out for Vera the Amazing, The Brave Multi-Talented Tandum Novel Writer, coming soon to a Novel Writing Dare near you!
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Andreas Black
Posted on Tuesday, October 14, 2003 - 06:47 pm:   

543 words today, and a rejection from Realms of Fantasy that says one of my stories was well written and almost made it to Shawna.

Good day today. Details here.
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SarahP
Posted on Tuesday, October 14, 2003 - 07:18 pm:   

Checking in with some totals.

Day 13, a Big Fat Goose Egg!!! Zip, zilch, nada, nothing!!

Phew.

Day 14, 1850 words.

Two week dare total: 19,480 new words. Hoo ha. Averages out to @1400 words per day and doesn't count the cut-and-pasting, which would bring it up to 23,250 so far. Coming up next, ten solid chapters needing tweaks to bring them up to speed with changes in the first part of the novel, then I'll be zipping ahead to the big showdown in the Tower of London scene. Might take me a couple of days of tweaking to get there...

Hey, we're almost halfway there! Keep on truckin', everybody!
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Xanne
Posted on Tuesday, October 14, 2003 - 07:35 pm:   

My comments don't much pertain to the writing per se, but I met with my N-I-P (Novel in Progress) group to discuss the material I gave out last Monday. It's amazing to talk about things with a readership -- makes me feel like I have my finger to the pulse, baby! I ran home and in a frenzy, perfected the outline for the rest of Part One. Just 4 more chapters, JUST 4 MORE. That sounds like a lot, but I have some of it already written. And then I can move on to the glorious Part Two (where everyone is older and chock full of history and able to do cooler things). Nothing like a group of friends telling you you're fabulous, giving you advice, and then listening to some new music on the way home to get the mind thinking! Awesome!
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Vera Nazarian
Posted on Wednesday, October 15, 2003 - 05:31 am:   

Today's Dare Progress - October 14

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Novel 1 - MARGOT PHOENIX RISING

Starting Total: 2,800 words
Total New Words: 606 words - still on chapter two.
Novel Total: 7,150 words

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Novel 2 - COBWEB BRIDE

Starting Total: 11,783 words
Total New Words - 154 words - still on chapter two.
Novel Total: 12,518 words

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TOTAL TODAY'S WORDS ON BOTH: 760 words

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Donna Jones
Posted on Wednesday, October 15, 2003 - 07:22 am:   

It has been one of those days today, if it could go wrong it has gone wrong. Guess how many words?

0 for today.
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Andreas Black
Posted on Wednesday, October 15, 2003 - 07:36 pm:   

I added 661 words to the novel today.

And for your amusement, a mid-month progress report. At my pledged goal of 500 words a day, I should have 7,500 words for this month as of tonight. My actual total is 6362, which gives me a deficit of 1,138 words. So, Iím over a thousand words behind. In order to catch up, I have to write 1638 words tomorrow.

That'll be interesting.

For more trivia, look here.
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SarahP
Posted on Wednesday, October 15, 2003 - 07:38 pm:   

Okey dokey. Word total for day 15 is 1358. Give or take a word or two.

:-)
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Vera Nazarian
Posted on Thursday, October 16, 2003 - 12:36 am:   

Donna,

Never fear, you are not alone.... :-)

A big pouchy stuffed ZERO on both novels for me today.

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Mike Jasper
Posted on Thursday, October 16, 2003 - 03:45 am:   

Nice work everyone! Don't let those goose egg days get you down. Just keep on trucking.

And I've started a new thread for the Dare, as this one was getting a bit unwieldy. See you over there!
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John Schramm
Posted on Sunday, October 19, 2003 - 09:37 pm:   

Back from Bouchercon. It was great!! Met a lot of interesting people (authors, readers, agents). Ate a lot of bad food. Drank much. Slept little.

Wrote ... not a word. My laptop went into the safe in my hotel room when I arrived and I didn't take it out again until I packed up to leave this morning.

But I do have a lot of inspirtation and many scenes clogging my brain. I desperately need to download. And tomorrow I am WAH...!

Expect some progress from me soon, my friends!

Till then,

JT Schramm

Dare total -- 2648
Novel Total -- 8529
http://www.journalscape.com/jtschramm

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