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Nov 4

Daylight savings time. We were both up at 5ish instead of 6. Started our write a little after six. I found the going slow but steady today. I only got 760 words in the hour. SJ finished her daily word goal in about 25 minutes and wandered off… Heave, Ho. Just another day in the word mines.

Oct 30 T minus 2

I woke up with my mind abuzz with Nano Last Minute Prep Ideas.

  1. Last night SJ and I worked on our homework on separate computers in the spare room.  Today I brought a second desk in the room to allow her (or another family member) to work in proximity with us in the room.  I think we will writing together to be a motivation, although it my also present distractions.  *SJ told me that she would prefer to work on her laptop sitting on the bed in the spare room/office, but I brought a desk up anyway.
  2. I know that on the hard days I will need a barrier free setup to writing so I’m doing several things to achieve a quick transition from– “I should be writing” to “actually writing words towards my goal”.
  • I need to set up my novel file in scrivener, start blocking out some blank chapters and having some of the housework and organizational things set.
  •  I need to see if I can get scrivener to automagically export  a working document of my novel to dropbox or google docs several times a day.
  • I will leave scrivener open and ready to write when I put my computer to sleep at night so I just need to awaken it from suspend and start typing. (This will be important because I have blocked out 6ish to 7:30m  for my main writing time).
  • I bought a bluetooth keyboard for my tablet so I can easily write with it wherever I am.
  • I also set up a special schmancy paper writing folio that I can write in longhand if all tech fails me.

Goals:  My daily writing goal is the same as any wrimo 1667 words spread out over 30 days to achieve fifty THOUSAND words.  I am going to try for 2000 a day to give me some buffer.

SJ has set her goal at 10,000 words or 333 words a day.  She thinks this may be on the low side so I challenged her to a DORG (Day One Ridiculous Goal) of 1667 words on November 1.   This will help give us  baseline of what she can reasonably write in a day.



October 18– Word Fight!

Over the past few days, I have been monkeying with scrivener, I signed up over on the Nanowrimo Young Writer’s site, so that SJ and I can be buddies over there.  I am MrMcG on the young writer’s Site and ductapeguy on the main Nanowrimo site.  I took some time perusing the nanowrimo forums.  There I found out about word wars and challenges.  On FAWM and 50/90 I love the song skirmishes so word wars seemed intriquing.  Basically a word war is a timed writing exercise where you challenge others to write as much as they can in a fixed period of time.  To help us prepare for nanowrimo, this morning before school, I challenged SJ to a 10 minute word war.  I forgot to set the timer so we did closer to 15.  I did 334 words.  She wrote 369 words.  I knew she could type faster than me, but I wasn’t expecting her to beat me on our first writing challenge.  Good for you SJ.

One of my favorite books from when I was 13 was The Mouse That Roared by Leonard Wibberley.  My favorite quote from the book was

Though the pen is mightier than the sword, the sword speaks louder and stronger at any given moment.

Seems like an appropriate motto for a word war.