NaNoWriMo Day 3

I missed Day One.  I wrote a thousand words on Day Two.  And I caught myself up to the normal wordcount (approximately 5k) on Day Three.

Pages: 12
Plot progression: 
Early stages with inciting incidents all around.  I quite like it.

I’ve introduced my three narrating characters and three side characters (one for each, incidentally, though more to come), and have kicked off the plot rather well.  I did a bit of an allowable info-dump, with the four-hundred-year-old immortal reading his own history from his own book.  I introduced my main character with a plot thread completely unrelated to the main thread of the narrative, which I expect will bring a little extra interesting element to the plot.

But I am tired.  I wrote more than 4k today and dearly wish I had written three times that.  I was helped immensely by the NaNoWordSprints on Twitter thingy.  I followed along with the sprints and tried to top myself.  I was able to get something like .5k in ten minutes, which is great when my usual average is 2k per hour.

But one problem, just as in my Camp NaNo August novel, is writing style.  I really need to be able to slow down and write for once instead of having a deadline or a wordcount I want to reach by a certain time.  Right now I add filler conversations for the sake of words, and avoid descriptions lest I stop in the middle of a sentence trying to find just the right adjective.

I hate descriptions.

The good thing is that nothing has been dead yet.  There are a few things that I feel like I’m simply copying scenes exactly from August, and I’m wondering whether or not it would be legal to copy and paste those scenes in instead of rewriting them.  Unfortunately, I didn’t like those scenes any better.

Well, I’m signing off.  It’s a short post, but get used to them.  Why waste a thousand words– or even a half thousand– on a blog post when I could be writing a novel?

Yeah, I know you don’t deserve that.  Sorry.

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  1. Charley R

     /  November 4, 2012

    You’re doing very well for a man who started behind time! I’ve got the same issue – I’ve not written first-person for so long, and the writing style . . . terrible. I absolutely hate it. I should have done more exercises to sort the narrator’s voice out in my head. He’s so inconsistent and bland it almost hurts. Still, now I’ve introduced some other major characters (who hopefully will turn out better) it should improve. I’m happy plot-wise, but the events and style need a LOT of work.

    Also nearly killed the narrator twice – asthma attack and a rather brutal mugging that left him with a badly damaged wrist and a bruised jaw – and accidentally castrated him with a typo as I tried to hit 10k last night.

    It’s going well for both of us, isn’t it!

    Now then, enough talk, let’s novel!

    • *winces* At least that makes things interesting, though. I’m trying to figure out how to write from the perspective of characters who have lived all their lives in a world none of my readers will have ever heard of. When you’ve got a novice, you can easily explain things as they learn them, but when you’ve got three people from the same place, none of whom want to explain anything, it’s hard to keep from infodumps.

      • Charley R

         /  November 5, 2012

        Eh, true. It’s just . . . frustrating. I like the idea of my narrator as a character, but it’s not coming through right on paper. Ah well. As i said, maybe it’ll pick up as I go along and I’ll get used to how he ticks. I don’t know.

        That, or we can murder our narrators together and feel better about it.

      • Oooh… That could be fun. My supposed redraft is turning into a new novel in the same world with different characters… I’m wondering if I ought to just go for a new thing altogether. But my first draft’s ending was so good.

      • Charley R

         /  November 6, 2012

        That’s a triumph in and of itself! I can’t do good endings for the life of me.

      • Somehow my endings seem to work pretty well. The last one was pretty action packed– now I’ve got twin talking rocks instead of just the one, and my thief main character turns out to be the son of the rich merchant he stole the rocks from (and this is still the first fifth of the book).

      • Charley R

         /  November 7, 2012

        Wow. That’s quite an action-packed story you’ve got there!

        I envy your ability with endings, I really do.

      • I don’t claim any credit for them. I’m as amazed as everyone else when the great penguin of endings (in the sky) pulls it off.

      • Charley R

         /  November 7, 2012

        How very humble of you! Well, that penguin certainly has a soft spot for you 😉

      • She does. I just hope she doesn’t have an ending for me that’s just as nasty as the one she gives my characters.

      • Charley R

         /  November 8, 2012

        I’m sure she won’t . . . *uncertain shrug*

      • You can never be completely sure with female penguins… And the males are even worse. Always switching from white-on-black to black-on-white. Very confusing.

      • Charley R

         /  November 10, 2012

        Indeed. It’s like an instant existential crisis.

      • Isn’t it, though? It turns your idea of the constancy of fate on its head. I mean, yes, we all know that fate is whimsical, but when it turns on its head, it’s too much.

      • Charley R

         /  November 13, 2012

        It is, rather. Especially as it often has trouble righting itself.

      • Penguins were not made for standing on their heads.

      • Charley R

         /  November 14, 2012

        That is a beautiful piece of reality, right there.

      • It’s not beautiful when you hear the penguin telling you what it will do to you if you don’t help it up right now.

      • Charley R

         /  November 19, 2012

        Hmmm . . . i suppose that would rather spoil the picture.

      • Indeed. Spoil it like a cupful of bacteria in a gallon of milk.

      • Charley R

         /  November 22, 2012

        Or like pink dye in an Olympic swimming pool.

      • That would just be cool, though.

      • Charley R

         /  November 23, 2012

        And rather funny.

      • Indeed. But the point remains that it wouldn’t spoil the effect; it would make more of one.

      • Charley R

         /  November 24, 2012


      • Now, replacing the water with mud would spoil the effect.

      • Charley R

         /  November 26, 2012

        I concur. Or jelly.

      • No, it must be inedible, else it becomes a sugar-filled eating contest. We can’t let that happen.

      • Charley R

         /  November 27, 2012

        Jelly is not edible in any sense of the word.

      • It might not be, but some people take great delight in imbibing it. Thus, we mustn’t.

      • Charley R

         /  November 28, 2012

        I do not know who these people are, but they ought to have their heads – and digestive tracts – examined immediately.

      • I’ll leave that up to you. I have no desire to see anyone else’s digestive tract in greater detail.

      • Charley R

         /  November 28, 2012

        Nor I. That’s what doctor-people are for.

      • Indeed. I don’t know why they go through so many years of school to get a degree that lets them look inside people. Seems silly to me– why not just disembowel people instead?

      • Charley R

         /  November 29, 2012

        I KNOW! Then again, maybe they do it for the how-to-keep-people-alive bit. I’m not very good at that. Get a bit enthusiastic with the organs.

      • The small intestine always looks to me like one of those long, twistable balloons. The patient is always a little surprised when he wakes up and finds his belly protruding in the shape of a small dog.

      • Charley R

         /  November 29, 2012

        Or a snake. I’ve not got to the dog stage yet.

      • There’s this little book– I’m sure you can get it at the library– that tells you how to make things like that. But yes, the snake is a classic.

      • Charley R

         /  November 30, 2012

        I think I’m just too lazy to practice dogs. So cliche’d. Might try for a giraffe or something next time.

      • Or a unicorn.

      • Charley R

         /  November 30, 2012

        Or a platypus.

      • When you figure that one out, send me a picture of it.

      • Charley R

         /  November 30, 2012

        I will! And it will be magnificent!

      • I’m skeptical.

      • Charley R

         /  November 30, 2012

        Just you wait.

      • I’ll wait on waiting– I have better things to wait on.

      • Charley R

         /  December 1, 2012

        Like my every whim and fancy.

      • …I knew you were going to say that.

      • Charley R

         /  December 1, 2012

        Excellent. I see the training is kicking in.

      • Yup, it’s kicking in… Does it have to wear its pointed shoes?

      • Charley R

         /  December 2, 2012

        I told it to specifically.

      • Phooey. Ow. Ow. OUCH! Ow.

      • Charley R

         /  December 3, 2012


      • Charley R

         /  December 6, 2012

        Okay, okay, enough. It’s not as funny as it was before.

      • NOW you stop it– now that I’ve got all these bruises.

      • Charley R

         /  December 7, 2012

        Ehehehehehehe *grins*

      • One of them is shaped funny, isn’t it?

      • Charley R

         /  December 7, 2012

        . . . Mebbe.

      • Shaped like a rooster, I’ll bet? Dang. Ever since I crossed Capricorn that one time when we were talking about Silvertongue’s chances at surviving an attack from a grizzly bear…

      • Charley R

         /  December 8, 2012

        You daft bat. Capricorn NEVER gives up on this sort of thing. At least Basta is fun to mess with. I dressed up like the ghost of his dead auntie Beryl once. Should have seen his face.

      • Perhaps I should have seen your face after he carved it up…?

      • Charley R

         /  December 9, 2012

        Ehehehe, it wasn’t pretty. But his was even better when I fixed it right in front of him.

      • You mean you betrayed your regenerative powers before a mortal? You’ll be kicked out of the IBA (Immortal Beings Association) for sure this time. I thought it would have been enough after the incident in the vegetable patch, but this is over the top.

      • Charley R

         /  December 10, 2012

        Well, not technically in front of him. I was fixing them while I hung him upside down from a lampost and stealing his shoes. He didn’t really notice until I waved before I left. Then he got a bit distracted by the fact I’d put Gwin the marten in his left trouser leg.

      • Animal hater.

      • Charley R

         /  December 11, 2012

        I like animals very much! Gwin ASKED me if he could! You know what he’s like.

      • I do know what he’s like– he doesn’t talk.

      • Charley R

         /  December 11, 2012

        He’s very good at making his desires felt.

      • True… I’ve still got marks from his claws, so I shouldn’t have forgotten so easily.

      • Charley R

         /  December 12, 2012

        Indeed. After the incident with the leftover tuna I don’t think I’ll be forgetting any time soon either.

      • That sounds painful. For the tuna.

      • Charley R

         /  December 12, 2012

        More painful for my fingers. Then the tuna. Then the rest of me.

      • Wait… The tuna got eaten. That’s pretty painful. What happened to your fingers that’s worse than being eaten?

      • Charley R

         /  December 12, 2012

        Nearly being eaten, then being humilated when a certain marten decides they’re not tasty enough to warrant full ingestion.

      • Oh… So it wasn’t physical injury, then, but simple emotions. I killed my emotions centuries ago.

      • Charley R

         /  December 14, 2012

        Well, it was the physical of being mangled first, and THEN the emotional follow-up of not being good enough to be fully devoured. So both, really.

        Also, please teach me how to kill my emotions. In conjunction with paperbacks, they are causing me far too much pain of late.

      • So you aren’t impervious to physical pain, either. Pity.

        Reread Dustfinger’s death until you don’t feel it anymore. Or just kill yourself now and save yourself the trouble.

      • Charley R

         /  December 14, 2012

        Hmm, the hardening approach? Now that’s a plan.

        Right . . . where did I leave “Inkspell”?

      • Make sure it’s waterproof first. Tears will be shed until you can harden yourself.

      • Charley R

         /  December 14, 2012

        Luckily I’m not a big cryer. It’ll be stopping my heart exploding that’ll be the hard part.

      • That too. I had to glue mine together a few times, but I eventually learned my lesson and got a mithril one.

      • Charley R

         /  December 18, 2012

        Perhaps I ought to steal another kingdom to pay for one of those too.

      • …Steal a kingdom? I inherited mine.

      • Charley R

         /  December 19, 2012

        Stealing is more fun. And also far more likely given my lack of royal lineage.

      • Inheriting one has more bragging rights.

      • Charley R

         /  December 20, 2012

        Stealing it is far more fun.

      • Yes, but you’ve got to worry about future lawsuits. I prefer stealing the birthright.

      • Charley R

         /  December 21, 2012

        That works too. But if you steal it in a manner that is not obviously stealing then the lawsuits get so tangled up in their own bureaucracy that they can’t get you.

        That is, if you let the lawsuits proceed. I’m getting rather good at ensuring there aren’t any of those.

      • I’ve found that especially with birthrights, the legalities work out nicely. It’s when the person I stole it from picks up a club that I start to worry. I haven’t been able to enroll my lawyers in a kickboxing class… yet.

      • Charley R

         /  December 21, 2012

        But watching lawyers go squish is so much FUN!

      • Yes, when they’re the lawyers of someone else.

      • Charley R

         /  December 22, 2012

        Any lawyers is fun by me.

      • They’re too expense to kill regularly. I do it only on holidays.

      • Charley R

         /  December 23, 2012

        Bah, what’s money for all that fun factor?

      • You can’t sell fun, Charley. Especially if it looks like lawyers.

      • Charley R

         /  December 24, 2012

        But . . . how does that explain slinkies?

      • Slinkies? Slinkies don’t look like lawyers, Charley. Not even when pushed down the stairs.

      • Charley R

         /  December 27, 2012

        Lawyers are like slinkies in the same way ravens are like writing desks.

      • I hate that riddle.

      • Charley R

         /  December 29, 2012


      • Likewise to your likewise.

      • Charley R

         /  December 6, 2012

        *aside* Next time I’ll give it a jelly squirter.

      • Charley R

         /  December 7, 2012

        *maniacal laughter*

  2. I’m about a day behind right now, because the play which just ended ate up all my time. But I like most of my characters. The only problem is going to be differentiating the snarkers and giving them personalities beyond ‘sarcastic,’ which is where I tend to leave them if I don’t try.

    • That’s a difficult job. I can relate. My characters have two settings: arrogant and pathetic.

      • They’re beginning to differentiate now, I think. I’ve got a vaguely pathetic one, and an arrogant one, and a sweet one, and a sarcastic one. Or at least that’s where they’re heading. It’s sort of hard to tell, with three narrators and less than 5k.

      • That’s good… I think. I’m hard-pressed to keep my duck’s, rock’s and coat peg’s personalities different.

      • Give your coat-peg anger-management issues and the duck a tendency to flirt. Or vice-versa, depending what works better.

      • Actually, the duck already has both. And the rock is a wise man in his spare time, and the coat peg is a sailor. But they’re still pretty similar.

      • Send them into extremely different situations, ones they aren’t used to. Have it change them. Typical advise stuff. Maybe give one of them a silly fear.

      • But… these are side characters. But maybe it’ll work.

      • Side characters tend to be flat, because otherwise they’d be main characters. So think of it as a necessary evil, perhaps.

      • Indeed… Perhaps I could spin it as they all are the same person in different forms.

      • Three very unique forms, at that. Reincarnation?

      • Indeed. Since they’re all alive at once, however, I can’t really call it reincarnation. Multi-incarnation?

      • Sounds plausible. They’re all shards of the same soul?

      • Indeed. In an inter-world explosion of some sort, such as a time rift (which, naturally, is connected to the metaphysics of souls and such), the soul was divided into three shards while on its way to reincarnation.

        This probably won’t work for this story, though I may use it elsewhere. Great.

      • Brainstorming is wonderful.

      • Iiiiindeed.

  3. Psst. Liam. I’m still ahead of you. *scampers off, cackling madly*

    • I don’t really care. I’m trying to get better at writing, not get better at making useless stuff quickly.

    • No, unlike my previous NaNovels, this novel is actually turning out quite well. I like my characters and plot and description… I just have a lot of content and magicaly things to explain…

      • Good for you. It looks like parodies are your style. You ought to try something like the Phil Phorce sometime.

      • They’re just so much fun. My serious stories usually end up boring and/or cheesy-sounding.

        Maybe I will. I kind of have a series of funny stuff like them that I’m already working on…

      • I might go for an all-out parody too. Unfortunately, I’ve already defined the rules of my universe and I can’t easily tear myself from them.

  4. If you can spare a moment on Monday, I’ve got a guest post by Heather Vogel Frederick to be posted. I asked her a series of ten questions about writing this’s and that’s; maybe you find some of it helpful for NaNoWriMo.

    • Ooh, interesting! I’ll check.

      Speaking of which, I briefly glanced at a page of something HVF and I could have told you where you get much of your writing style– even your ideas– from. Sorry if that’s not encouraging, but it’s good to emulate your favorite authors.

      • It kinda got glitchy and the text decided to move over to the right, and blending with some of my random pictures. But if you highlight the whole thing, then you should be able to read it since there’ll be a color behind it. At least that’s how I did it without making my eyeballs fall out.

        Hmm…I’d never thought that I wrote like Heather…but I suppose in some ways I do. I haven’t read any of her books besides MDBC, so I don’t know if my action scenes are similar or not. Because in MDBC, the most action that occurred was when a goat jumped onto a stage and the rest of the actors in the play started doing the can-can…

      • You do realize that you’re only reinforcing my prejudices against MDBC?

      • *shrugs* I’ve gotten over the urge to force you to thoroughly enjoy the MDBC by shoving the book in your face.

      • Unfortunately, my sister has not yet. I still think I’ll pass, however.

      • Although I do wonder now how you would be able to get a guy to read something called the MOTHER-DAUGHTER Book Club. Hence the Mother and Daughter aspects to it.

        The library has told me that they have the MoA there for me. Some people have told me they love it, they hate it, or that the battles were far too obvious on the outcome. But I shall see what I think after I read it.

      • Indeed.

        My main problem was the placement of the plot twists. When plot twists are in the middle of the chapter and the chapter ends with them overcoming, it takes away from the pacing.

      • Most authors go along the path of plot twists at the end of chapters, frustrating the reader into reading more.

      • Exactly, and that’s awesome. The authors who leave plot twists for the middle and resolutions for the end write books that the reader can put down easily. That’s not good.

      • Mm…so far MoA isn’t really…exciting. Sure, this is only…what…chapter 3? Annabeth’s narrations are slightly annoying, what with her random thoughts popping in and out about her mother’s curse…etc, and so forth. I’m told that this book is better than Serpent’s Shadow. Your thoughts?

      • It isn’t. I reread the Serpent’s Shadow after MoA, and it is so much better. And the thing about the secret that Annabeth has– it’s the same formula Riordan used for Frank in book two, Hazel in book two, Piper in book one… It gets really annoying after only a short time.

      • I really do hate it when a book says, “Well, there was that ONE time, but she didn’t want to think about that right now, so she shoved the thought from her head.” Eugh.

        The Kane Chronicles weren’t my favorite (I didn’t like the Egyptian mythology as much as Greek), but I liked how he wrote that series better than the Lost Hero series.

      • Isn’t that just painfully annoying? I hate it too. And Riordan doesn’t give it a rest, unfortunately.

      • I finished MoA. I have to say…it certainly wasn’t Riordan at his best. I didn’t laugh as much, I didn’t want to chuck the book at the wall as much, and I wasn’t on the edge of my seat as much. Tragic woes also ensued as I realized that this wasn’t a trilogy, as I had originally thought. No, Riordan has to go and be like Paolini and write ONE more. Who knows if it’ll end there…Percy Jackson had five books devoted to him.

      • Nope, it’s a five-book series, just like Percy’s. Always was.

  5. I know how you feel… I procrastinate a lot too. :-S

  6. Five hundred words in ten minutes? And how many billion times faster were you during NaNo the year before last?

    Last year, I think my speed increased to about eight hundred per fifteen minutes. My typos increased even more dramatically.

    I know, talking about speed is kind of unimportant, because it really means nothing, but I couldn’t think of anything else to say.

    • I was about 1.5x as fast. I could get around 1k in fifteen minutes, but I had to take a fifteen minute break right afterward. I averaged about 2k per hour.

      Speed is fun, though.

      • That is definitely a nice speed, even including the breaks. I think I determined that I could write almost that much, if I didn’t take breaks, but…those are kind of necessary, unless you don’t mind frying your own brain.

        It is fun…hehe.

      • It was great. The writing quality was horrible, but the quantity was amazing.

      • Hehe, I imagine so. Looking at all of the typos and things I’ve made is almost hilarious.

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