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Feb. 23rd, 2008


Sound Off for February 23, 2008

It's late, and I'm sleepy, but I am actually near a computer with an internet connection and have remembered to post a sound-off for today. Go me!

Post 'em if you've got 'em!

Feb. 20th, 2008


Sound Off for February 20, 2008 (and the 19th, too)

I...haven't written anything since Sunday! That happens when you don't get home from work until 8:00 and crash, I guess.

I'm wondering if anyone might have any ideas for ways that we can get a larger group of people together for the next round, and motivate people to stick with the program longer. It's been just a few of us for some time now, though I'm sure there are more lurkers who are writing and just not telling us about it.

Should I give out cookies? ^_~

Feb. 18th, 2008


Sound Off for February 18, 2008

OMG, it's a daily sound off post! I'll try to do better this week, guys.

And in conclusion, pie! Also, doughnuts.


Weekly Roundup - Week 7, February 12-18

It's the end of Week 7! Sorry I've been bad about posting the daily sound-off posts this week. I've been insanely busy and I keep waking up the next morning going 'crap, I didn't do that' and then doing it all over again.

On the plus side, I've been writing.

If you've been following along since the beginning, you should have written at least 36,750 words since the beginning of January.

How're you doing?

Feb. 12th, 2008


Sound Off for February 11-12, 2008

I'm sure there were a bunch of other days in the last little while that we missed doing a sound-off for, but I know for sure there wasn't one yesterday, so this one will be for yesterday and today ^_^;;

Sound off!


Weekly Roundup - Week 6, February 5-11

Greetings all,

Sorry, I forgot to post this yesterday, because with all of those drugs (cough medicine, etc.) I wasn't actually consciously aware that it was Monday. Funny, somehow the same thing happened last week. I think this is a sign.

We've just gotten to the end of week 6, which means we're approximately halfway done!

If you've been following along from the beginning, you should have 31,500 words written since the beginning of January.

Tell me of your writing woes! Your raptures!

Feb. 9th, 2008


Sound Off for February 9, 2008

Well, I dunno about you guys, but I got back on the horse today. How are the rest of you doing?

Post your wordcounts!

Feb. 7th, 2008


Sound Off for February 7, 2008

And as promised, here's the sound-off post for February 7th! I hope you guys are keeping up better than I am ^_~

Feb. 6th, 2008


Sound Off for February 6, 2008

Hey all, sorry for dropping off the face of the planet for the last couple of days. Suffice it to say work ate me alive.

I didn't even realize I missed the weekly round-up post on Monday! *thwaps self with a wet noodle*

Anyway, here's the post for today, and since it's so late, I'm going to do a post for tomorrow, just in case I get swallowed again.

As for myself, I haven't written since Sunday *sighs* *stumbles off to bed*

Feb. 3rd, 2008


Sound Off for February 3, 2008

Verrrrry tired, no quote today. Post your wordcount!

Feb. 2nd, 2008


Sound Off for February 2, 2008

Hey, it's a fine Saturday here, and it's been a nice, productive day for me. How about you?

Just for fun, here's a quote:

We like to pretend it is hard to follow our heart's dreams. The truth is, it is difficult to avoid walking through the many doors that will open. Turn aside your dream and it will come back to you again. Get willing to follow it again, and a second mysterious door will swing open.

The universe is prodigal in its support. We are miserly in what we accept. All gift horses are looked in the mouth and usually returned to sender. We say we are scared by failure, but what frightens us more is the possibility of success.

--Julia Cameron, "The Artist's Way"

Don't be afraid of succeeding, just do it, and see what happens! Let's see those word counts, folks.

Feb. 1st, 2008


Sound Off for February 1, 2008

It's a new month! And I realized something.

Because February has 29 days this year, at the end of this month we will have been writing for exactly 60 days. Oh noes! Because March has 31 days, so the end of March will be 91 days of writing. It actually would have worked out exactly if it weren't a leap year, and I would think this is the only collection of months where it actually COULD work out perfectly.

I shall stop geeking now, and pimp a writing contest. Because it's my asylum, and I can.

If you've ever written a fantasy, science fiction, or horror short story or started a novel, then you may want to know that there's a contest being run at the Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Online Writing Workshop starting on February 1st and running through the end of the month. If you aren't already a member of the workshop, then the contest is FREE! All you have to do is post some of your writing to the workshop. Then other writers (both just starting out and some already published) will read and critique your work. You read and critique other contestant's stories in return. The contest will be based on how good the feedback is that you get and receive. In the end though, everyone is a winner because you get to see what other people think of your work, and you get to help other people improve their own work.

And if after the free month you don't feel as if you've gotten anything constructive out of the workshop, you don't have to join. I think it would be helpful; although I realize that it might not be for everyone.

So check it out, try it out, and perhaps you'll win a free membership in the workshop, along with a few books. You'll at least get to see what others think of what you've written. Remember, it starts today!

Go to this LJ post or over here, to author Joshua Palmatier's website to get all the details.

I'm participating, so I thought I'd pimp it out. The more people we have participating, the more feedback you'll get on your entry ^_^

Jan. 31st, 2008


Sound Off for January 31, 2008

It's the end of our first complete month of Novel in 90, just slightly more than 1/3 of the way through. Congratulations to those who are still valiantly soldiering forward, whether you are ahead of the game, or trying desperately to catch up!

Ni90 is one day at a time, kinda like quitting a bad habit only...completely the opposite.

Jan. 30th, 2008


Sound Off for January 30, 2008't write today. But I have to be the only one, right?

*hangs head* I fully intended to, but I had a bunch of other things to get done that were somewhat more important, and ran out of time. Falling into bed now.

Jan. 29th, 2008


Sound Off for January 29, 2008

Good morning! My city is shut down under 10 cm of snow. If I could stay home and write instead of going to work, this would be ideal. Unfortunately...

Anyway, post your wordcounts for today here XD



This might be a long shot, but would anyone be interested in doing a regular (or semi-regular or irregular--who's picky?:) chat via AIM or some other messenger service? I'm in a bit of a writing slump, and I know how helpful the AIM group chats were during NaNo. They're never very busy--mostly people checking in to tell how many words they've gotten every so once in a while, or doing word wars, or asking for help/inspiration when stuck.

What do you think? Anyone?

Jan. 28th, 2008


Wordcount Post for Week 4 - January 22-28

We're closing in on the end of the first month of Ni90. How are you guys doing? Are you finding that you've missed too many days and you're dispairing of ever making it up? Or are you motoring along and doing pretty well. Talk about it here!

If you've started on January 1st and been keeping up with word counts, you should have at least 21,000 words.


Sound Off post for January 28, 2008

Greetings all! It's Monday and...Mondays suck. But Monday is also the end of another week of Novel in 90, and that's good! Post today's wordcounts here, please.

And if you're having any trouble keeping up, or running into problems in your novel, don't forget that you can also ask for help in the community. This is meant to be a support group, as well as a challenge, and we won't bite!

Jan. 26th, 2008


Sound Off for January 26, 2008

I'm gonna try to make a habit of posting these in the morning instead of when I get around to writing, so that hopefully we'll miss fewer days ^_^

And in the spirit of what we're all up to here, here's a passage from Story: Substance, Structure, Style, and the Principles of Screenwriting, by Robert McKee.

The stuff of a story is not its words. Your text must be lucid to express the desk-bound life of your imagintion and feelings, but words are not an end, they are a means, a medium. The substance of story is the gap that splits open between what a human being expects to happen when he takes an action and what really does happen; the rift between expectation and result, probability and necessity. To build a scene, we constantly break open these breaches in reality.

As to the source of energy in story, the answer is the same: the gap. The audience empathizes with the character, vicariously seeking his desire. It more or less expects the world to react the way the character expects. When the gap opens up for character, it opens up for audience. This is the "Oh, my God!" moment, the "Oh, no!" or "Oh, yes!" you've experienced again and again in well-crafted stories.

Jan. 25th, 2008


Sound Off for January 25, 2008 (and any days missed)

Wow, it's been an insanely busy couple of days for me. I didn't write a single word yesterday or the day before T_T But today that changes. I've already written 460-odd words and I'm still going. How did you guys do?

Also, don't forget that if you finish your words and there's no sound off post yet up, you can post one yourselves! It definitely helps everyone to get that daily reminder.

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