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06 November 2005 @ 09:35 am
That Time of the Year Again!  
The signs are all over LJ. Friendslist, friendsfriends, communities. Virtually everywhere people are spreading the news that it's nanowrimo again.That big one month writing orgy, set in November, where the brave and the ambitious come together, hopefully in high spirits, and solemnly pledge to grant their creative demons free reign. Their greater goal and motivation for doing so one is a high one, indeed. 50.000 words, i.e. a small shiny novel written over the course of just one single month. My calculator says that's about 1666 words per day. Phew...scary...

My personal best lies somewhere between 500 and 700. When I do nothing but write the whole day.

That's why I found the concept of wrisomifu so appealing. To each movement its counter movement *g*. A group for literary underachievers. Ten minutes of writing per day, regardless the actual wordcount or outcome. Sounds very nice and perfectly safe. Too bad the group never developed a large following. Too bad there doesn't seem to a Wrisomifu 2005.

The universe knows my LJ could use some more entries...
 
 
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Cavendishcavendish on November 6th, 2005 08:45 am (UTC)
>calculator says that's about 1666 words per day. Phew...scary...

1666: The new number of the beast

hianja on November 7th, 2005 03:07 pm (UTC)
Well, just set your goal to something you know you can achieve, say 10.000 words, for example. I must say, I find the nowrimo most invigorating. It always makes me write more than I normally would, even if it's less than 50.000. Go on, give it a try. :o)
Bimobimo on November 8th, 2005 09:44 am (UTC)
I must say, I find the nowrimo most invigorating

You are a Nanowrimo participant? Hey, cool :-)

Well, just set your goal to something you know you can achieve, say 10.000 words, for example

Sounds like a resonably sound piece of advice, even though I strongly suspect that in my case, 3000 - 3500 words might be the more realistic word count to aim at *g*

I'm pretty busy at the moment, but it's a good kind of busy, though, since the Filmmuseum Düsseldorf has kindly offered me to finish one of the projects I was working on during my internship as a paid freelancer. On top of my university stuff, about 10-16 hrs per week currently go into sorting and archiving the estate of director and movie actor Harry Piel, famous action star of the Weimar Republik. http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_Piel .So I probably won't be able to write more than twenty minutes each day.


Here's what I wrote this morning between 8.45 am and 9.00 am. Just don't ask me who these guys are and what they want from me. They were just there, and I'm perfectly clueless *g*


Die Tür öffnete sich und herein lugte ein rotblonder, leicht verstruwelter Haarschopf. Christine brauchte einige Sekunden, bis sie erkannte, dass es sich zweifelsfrei um Lukas und nicht um seinen Bruder Sebastian handelte.
Dadurch, dass der Anbau des Feldmannschen Gutshauses so verwinkelt war, lag die Flurtüre an der gleichen Seite wie auch die große, einladende Fensterfront mit ihren hohen, stolzgeschwungenen Bögen.
"Fräulein Blohm, Fräulein Blohm," japste der Junge, gleichsam nach Luft und Stimme ringend. Seine Wangen wahren puterrot, die Augen weit aufgerissen. Papa ist soeben eingetroffen, und er hat gesagt, dass er mir etwas aus Köln mitgebracht hat. Etwas ganz besonderes!"
Christine hob die Brauen. Um ein Haar hätte sie gefragt: "Ja, und was hat das mit mir zu tun?", biss sich aber im allerletzten Moment auf die Zunge. Sie mochte den Jungen aufrichtig, egal wie sehr ihr seine, quirlige, lebhafte Art manchmal auch gegen den Strich gehen mochte.
"Langsam, Lukas. Du bist ja ganz außer Atem. Wie wäre es, wenn du mir alles noch einmal ganz in Ruhe und vor allem von vorne berichtest?"



Cavendishcavendish on November 8th, 2005 09:54 pm (UTC)
>Wie wäre es, wenn du mir alles noch einmal ganz in Ruhe und vor allem von vorne berichtest?"

Dem Leser dann bitte auch ;-): Was ist denn nun das Präsent aus Köln? ;-)

Und faszinierend, das Dir ins so einem Kurzen Stück so viele Namen für Deine personen einfallen, mir passiert sowas nie ;-))

Im Übrigen kommen ich gerade von der Weinprobe und habe nicht wirklich was intelligentes zu sagen (außer dass ich dringend ins Bett muss ;-) ; aber danke für das nett posting :-)

F.
hianja on November 10th, 2005 08:59 pm (UTC)
> You are a Nanowrimo participant? Hey, cool :-)

After a fashion. We formed our own nowrimo group, where people can decide themselves what language to write in, how many words, or if to edit instead of writing. Competiton is nevertheless fierce, but there's also a lot of encouragement, and it always gives me an enormous kick in the butt.

Very cool about Duesseldorf. Maybe they'll have more for you after this is finished.

And twenty minutes a day is always a lot better than nothing. Have you continued the snippet above?
Hmpf: ears of lovehmpf on January 11th, 2006 07:41 pm (UTC)
That's the community for me!
Hehehe...

(I just posted a story that took three years to write and has approximately 3700 words. That's less words in a year than nanowrimoers write per day.)
Bimo: Best_of_Timelordsbimo on January 12th, 2006 08:36 am (UTC)
Re: That's the community for me!
I just posted a story that took three years to write and has approximately 3700 words. That's less words in a year than nanowrimoers write per day.

Already spotted said story via f-list and immediately bookmarked it as the first thing to read when I'm having one of my more Farscape-y kind of days :-)

(One of the many disadvantages of hopping back and forth between several different fandoms: you sometimes just need to be in the right mood for a certain character...)


As for writing speed and creative output:

My congratulations on your exceptional stamina!

I think the longest period of time I ever worked on a story was about a year. To be honest, it still feels like a miracle to me that I managed to get the goddamned thing finished, as I usually tend to abandom my stories pretty quick if I stop believing in them or if writing becomes too much of a hardship.

People have called me "insane perfectionist" and "story-butchering control freak" for a reason *g*

It was not until the final weeks of 2005 that I decided to change my strategy and to start writing just for writing's sake; regardless the outcome, regardless the possible audience. One of my first measures was to join theatrical_muse with a character whom I totally adore because of his charm and versatility, and who is thankfully not known to too many people. So far the mixture of "fun character, regular writing challenges for short, do-able texts and very few readers" seems to work quite well. I'm currently enjoying writing more than I did in years....