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Re: NaNoWriMo 2013
« Reply #240 on: November 11, 2013, 11:20:26 AM »
Failed utterly on my goal for Saturday, but I also had to deal with fixing TVs, shopping, and the reek from bad plumbing being fixed. Very few things put me off anything enjoyable faster than a nasty smell.

Yesterday I did my one go-to plot device for lots of words, a dream sequence. It was only vaguely connected with the theme and plot of the novel itself, and the dream sequence was about 4500 words. Now I just have to get my FMC through her emotional baggage and give some of it to the MMC. He's having too easy of a time with all of this.

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« Reply #241 on: November 11, 2013, 01:50:04 PM »
Ooh, I love the idea of a dream sequence! That's such a cool maneuver. *files away for future reference*

I'm feeling kind of self-conscious about my costume porn after reading a book review this morning where the reviewer snarked about that in the book in question. But my heroine is a seamstress and has worked for an actress, so clothes are in a way her business *and* she understands the importance of clothes to creating a character--and since she's in character as the aristocratic hero's name-only bride, she wants to be convincing. (See how well I can justify this?) Anyway, one of the things I've always loved about the Beauty and the Beast / Cinderella gothic plot is all the great new clothes the heroine gets when she steps into her new life, and it would be churlish of me to deny my readers that satisfaction. Right?

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« Reply #242 on: November 11, 2013, 02:15:08 PM »
Ooh, I love the idea of a dream sequence! That's such a cool maneuver. *files away for future reference*

I'm feeling kind of self-conscious about my costume porn after reading a book review this morning where the reviewer snarked about that in the book in question. But my heroine is a seamstress and has worked for an actress, so clothes are in a way her business *and* she understands the importance of clothes to creating a character--and since she's in character as the aristocratic hero's name-only bride, she wants to be convincing. (See how well I can justify this?) Anyway, one of the things I've always loved about the Beauty and the Beast / Cinderella gothic plot is all the great new clothes the heroine gets when she steps into her new life, and it would be churlish of me to deny my readers that satisfaction. Right?

That reviewer is stoopid :P  Your readers would be absolutely crushed if you did provide as much costume p*rn as possible :D

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« Reply #243 on: November 11, 2013, 02:44:31 PM »
Ooh, I love the idea of a dream sequence! That's such a cool maneuver. *files away for future reference*

I'm feeling kind of self-conscious about my costume porn after reading a book review this morning where the reviewer snarked about that in the book in question. But my heroine is a seamstress and has worked for an actress, so clothes are in a way her business *and* she understands the importance of clothes to creating a character--and since she's in character as the aristocratic hero's name-only bride, she wants to be convincing. (See how well I can justify this?) Anyway, one of the things I've always loved about the Beauty and the Beast / Cinderella gothic plot is all the great new clothes the heroine gets when she steps into her new life, and it would be churlish of me to deny my readers that satisfaction. Right?

That reviewer is stoopid :P  Your readers would be absolutely crushed if you did provide as much costume p*rn as possible :D

Thank you, Pastry Goddess!  :)  I really did think the reviewer was being a spoilsport, especially since the book was a historical. I think providing details of clothes is extra important in a historical so the reader can picture the unfamiliar. Oh yeah, I can rationalize for days...  ;)

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Re: NaNoWriMo 2013
« Reply #244 on: November 11, 2013, 03:03:02 PM »
Ooh, I love the idea of a dream sequence! That's such a cool maneuver. *files away for future reference*

I'm feeling kind of self-conscious about my costume porn after reading a book review this morning where the reviewer snarked about that in the book in question. But my heroine is a seamstress and has worked for an actress, so clothes are in a way her business *and* she understands the importance of clothes to creating a character--and since she's in character as the aristocratic hero's name-only bride, she wants to be convincing. (See how well I can justify this?) Anyway, one of the things I've always loved about the Beauty and the Beast / Cinderella gothic plot is all the great new clothes the heroine gets when she steps into her new life, and it would be churlish of me to deny my readers that satisfaction. Right?

That reviewer is stoopid :P  Your readers would be absolutely crushed if you did provide as much costume p*rn as possible :D

Thank you, Pastry Goddess!  :)  I really did think the reviewer was being a spoilsport, especially since the book was a historical. I think providing details of clothes is extra important in a historical so the reader can picture the unfamiliar. Oh yeah, I can rationalize for days...  ;)

Costume p*rn is one of the best things about historical fiction!!!!!

For myself, I'm ahead of schedule, which is good, but I've been dotting around writing all the fun bits, which is less good. So now I've still got around 15,000 to write, but it's mostly the build ups and linking scenes. :(

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Re: NaNoWriMo 2013
« Reply #245 on: November 11, 2013, 03:27:09 PM »
Ooh, I love the idea of a dream sequence! That's such a cool maneuver. *files away for future reference*

I'm feeling kind of self-conscious about my costume porn after reading a book review this morning where the reviewer snarked about that in the book in question. But my heroine is a seamstress and has worked for an actress, so clothes are in a way her business *and* she understands the importance of clothes to creating a character--and since she's in character as the aristocratic hero's name-only bride, she wants to be convincing. (See how well I can justify this?) Anyway, one of the things I've always loved about the Beauty and the Beast / Cinderella gothic plot is all the great new clothes the heroine gets when she steps into her new life, and it would be churlish of me to deny my readers that satisfaction. Right?

That reviewer is stoopid :P  Your readers would be absolutely crushed if you did provide as much costume p*rn as possible :D

Thank you, Pastry Goddess!  :)  I really did think the reviewer was being a spoilsport, especially since the book was a historical. I think providing details of clothes is extra important in a historical so the reader can picture the unfamiliar. Oh yeah, I can rationalize for days...  ;)

Costume p*rn is one of the best things about historical fiction!!!!!

For myself, I'm ahead of schedule, which is good, but I've been dotting around writing all the fun bits, which is less good. So now I've still got around 15,000 to write, but it's mostly the build ups and linking scenes. :(

I could spend hours on clothes in this novel, every area has its own historical and cultural background, complete with its own fashion and style. I'm just personally too lazy to come up with fashions for everyone. That's one of the problems with making my own world, I have to actually go from nearly scratch on a lot of things, so I'm glossing over the clothes and focusing on the buildings (easy enough) and the rest of the scenery. I could easily add several thousand words about clothes, but they're not important at all to much of anything, short of how well they protect against the elements.

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Re: NaNoWriMo 2013
« Reply #246 on: November 11, 2013, 03:37:03 PM »
after writing almost 3,000 words yesterday.... I am back on goal. YAY.

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Re: NaNoWriMo 2013
« Reply #247 on: November 11, 2013, 03:45:04 PM »
I'm actually only about 500 words behind par at the moment.  I've never been much of a "pantster," so writing serially and posting on AO3 every day has been a really cool experience - I've never been able to keep up this pace before  :)  (Writing about Harry Potter characters instead of my own makes that easier, I'll admit . . .)

Anyway, I have yet to figure out how I want my story to end.  I know I have to resolve it somehow, but I can't decide whether my main characters end up together or not.  If anyone likes Harry Potter fanfic, take a look and let me know if you have suggestions: http://archiveofourown.org/works/1020434

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Re: NaNoWriMo 2013
« Reply #248 on: November 11, 2013, 03:47:04 PM »
I'm actually only about 500 words behind par at the moment.  I've never been much of a "pantster," so writing serially and posting on AO3 every day has been a really cool experience - I've never been able to keep up this pace before  :)  (Writing about Harry Potter characters instead of my own makes that easier, I'll admit . . .)

Anyway, I have yet to figure out how I want my story to end.  I know I have to resolve it somehow, but I can't decide whether my main characters end up together or not.  If anyone likes Harry Potter fanfic, take a look and let me know if you have suggestions: http://archiveofourown.org/works/1020434

Will check that out at home tonight, not at work.

And really, 500 words behind isn't bad at all. That's easy enough to catch up. If you write an extra 50 words a day, you'll be caught up by the 20th. And what's 50 words in the grand scheme of things?

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« Reply #249 on: November 11, 2013, 06:20:29 PM »
I am almost back on track.  I took time out this weekend to focus on the gaping plot holes that exsisted and prevented me from actually writing the middle of my book.  You know the part where most of the stuff happens ::)

The Nano forums are fantastic and got back on track within 8 hours of asking.  I'm feeling a lot more prepared to continue writing.  Only about 25K words to get done by the end of the month.

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« Reply #250 on: November 12, 2013, 09:22:12 AM »
I broke 25K last night and I still have a lot of story left to keep me writing, so that's a good feeling.

On the other hand, my poisonous day job is about to get really, really demanding, and that takes up head space even when I'm not at the office. I want to quit so badly.

So basically NaNo is my refuge from the rest of my life... but I only have a limited time on which to work on it.  :(

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« Reply #251 on: November 12, 2013, 09:52:08 AM »
I'm somewhere around 17,000 words, but don't feel like much has happened in the story.  Very frustrating.  Is anyone writing out of sequence just to get to the action bits? 

My two young heroines still have to accidentally on purpose awaken the creatures living in the forest beyond the family business and I cannot think of a ritual that could be performed by accident.  (Our creatures are fairies crossed with the Toyal from Thai tradition....they cater specifically to whoever awakens them, but they are nasty little beasts who exact high prices.....argh!  I'm sure I can find a ritual where blood is accidentally spilled.

Unfortunately, what I keep hearing/seeing in my head is the scene from Labyrinth where the goblins are waiting for Jennifer Connolly to say the exact words...."Say it!  Say it already?  Say "I wish the goblins would take away my baby brother" how hard is that???"

On the other hand, this brings to mind visions of Jared the goblin king....good times!

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« Reply #252 on: November 12, 2013, 10:03:52 AM »
I'm somewhere around 17,000 words, but don't feel like much has happened in the story.  Very frustrating.  Is anyone writing out of sequence just to get to the action bits? 

My two young heroines still have to accidentally on purpose awaken the creatures living in the forest beyond the family business and I cannot think of a ritual that could be performed by accident.  (Our creatures are fairies crossed with the Toyal from Thai tradition....they cater specifically to whoever awakens them, but they are nasty little beasts who exact high prices.....argh!  I'm sure I can find a ritual where blood is accidentally spilled.

Unfortunately, what I keep hearing/seeing in my head is the scene from Labyrinth where the goblins are waiting for Jennifer Connolly to say the exact words...."Say it!  Say it already?  Say "I wish the goblins would take away my baby brother" how hard is that???"

On the other hand, this brings to mind visions of Jared the goblin king....good times!

Have you read Orson Scott Card's "Enchantment?"  I found that a totally believable "accidentally on purpose" spell.  (Not necessarily applicable to your characters, of course, but it's also a really good book!)

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Re: NaNoWriMo 2013
« Reply #253 on: November 12, 2013, 12:21:04 PM »
Weekdays have just been dragging for me. Hopefully if I'm watching the kid tomorrow, I'll have her entire naptime to write.

FMC has turned a corner in what she's willing to believe, which is good. She's going to have to get the next quest item, and she's going to end up being the one to assemble them in the end.

Still under 25K (barely), and the novel's about halfway over. And the assembling of items is going to be another dream sequence, so plenty of words. I might actually get this story finished, unlike last year. Half finished at 50K, and those characters are grumping at me because I'm ignoring them. Well, it's not my fault they didn't want to come out and play on time, now is it?

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Re: NaNoWriMo 2013
« Reply #254 on: November 12, 2013, 04:02:38 PM »
I'm somewhere around 17,000 words, but don't feel like much has happened in the story.  Very frustrating.  Is anyone writing out of sequence just to get to the action bits? 

My two young heroines still have to accidentally on purpose awaken the creatures living in the forest beyond the family business and I cannot think of a ritual that could be performed by accident.  (Our creatures are fairies crossed with the Toyal from Thai tradition....they cater specifically to whoever awakens them, but they are nasty little beasts who exact high prices.....argh!  I'm sure I can find a ritual where blood is accidentally spilled.

Unfortunately, what I keep hearing/seeing in my head is the scene from Labyrinth where the goblins are waiting for Jennifer Connolly to say the exact words...."Say it!  Say it already?  Say "I wish the goblins would take away my baby brother" how hard is that???"

On the other hand, this brings to mind visions of Jared the goblin king....good times!

…is it a bad sign that my mind immediately popped up the exact wording? ;D "I wish the goblins would come and take you away right now!"
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