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November 3rd, 2004 07:41 pm
Well, yesterday was a bust in more ways than one.

I did get about 800 words down, sitting in midstream and at the top of a slide (not *intended* metaphorically, although . . .) during my peregrinations today. However, the only writing implement I had along was my new calligraphic fountain pen, and about fifty words in the nib decided to stop working properly, so only about one stroke in three got through to the page. Example:



A very *effective* way to prevent myself from going back and fixing things, to say the least. However, it is novel and I did write it this month, even if it is unreadable in more ways than the usual, so it goes in the word count, at my standard 200 wpp.

I'm hoping to get about a thousand more in the next few hours, which will at least keep me from falling even farther behind. I'd like to get to another one of my main characters introduced, at least!

Current Mood:: [mood icon] content
Current Music:: Kermit the Frog - It's Not Easy Being Green

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October 31st, 2004 09:26 pm - It has begun.
Hello. This is [livejournal.com profile] melannen, posting the warning note that this journal is now on NaNoWriMo standing. If you've friended it and no longer want my crazed ramblings cluttering your reading, please, please, defriend. I'm turning off my internal editor for this, so I'm not going to worry about quality or pace or anything like that.

On the same note, if you do want to read, friend! I'll friend back, and follow your nano if you're doing one. I will probably friend random NaNo journals with this account as I procrastinate, too. And I'm always very happy at comments of any sort.

However, I probably won't be posting everything here-- chances are a fair portion of the story will be pen-and-paper, and I'm not going to type it all up, so you won't be reading a complete novel. Anything I do type will be here, though, along with regular status updates, excerpts I particularly like, and whining. It will be mostly flocked, and I will make liberal use of lj-cuts.

Scared you away yet?

Well, here's what I'm going to attempt to write, the first four steps in my hybrid story-building system:

Label your story: The current working title has changed from "Consubstantiation" to "By Bread Alone". It's your traditional, old-fashioned faith-based alternate history vampire novel. (But Catholic, Protestant, Pagan, and Other friendly.)

Summarize it in fifty characters or less, counting spaces and punctuation: Bet learns to live with being undead.

Outline the plot in exactly five sentences. )

Explain why this story is worth writing. )

I also have a Random Plot Element, courtesy of the meetup on Friday: A very good book. Which is probably going to end up being the Good Book. Or possibly The Hammer of Hell, the pastor's guide to persecuting the supernatural, although that one's not so much good as amusingly ovedone.

Spoilery character-arc summaries will be going up under f-lock soon I hope. I'm not doing any more plotting, however, as that tends to kill the story.

Also, to copy a disclaimer from Anne McCaffrey: Any of the above is subject to change without notice. q:

Current Mood:: [mood icon] optimistic
Current Music:: leonard cohen - hallelujah

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