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NaNo and work

My question is, how do you juggle NaNo with your job? I had work yesterday, and even though it was a slightly shorter day than usual, being Sunday, I still found it difficult to get the energy to write.

Granted, part of this might have been that I was already a day behind, and I had just a few hours before going to bed, as I have a weird sleeping pattern at the moment. But the question remains.

How do you manage to get your allotted words a day and not compromise your work?

I do have a job that requires me to interact with customers for the entire day, so taking a notebook and writing during a bit of downtime is out. I just couldn’t get away with it, being on the shop floor all day.

Halp?

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NaNoWriMo Mk 2

Thanks to a lovely commenter on the last post (who unfortunately does not have something for me to link to) I have a nice little word processor to use. Which hasn’t crashed so far.

So NaNo is back on. Woo. Hopefully I’ll be able to catch up on the writing I missed today and yesterday. It means a lot more writing than I intended, at least for the next few days, but it’s not as if I have anything better to do, really.

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Critical Failures and NaNoWriMo

I haven’t got any writing done today, and I’m not even sure it’s my fault. Ever since I got up this morning the great DnD player in the sky has been rolling critical failure after critical failure.

I woke up around 6am, which is the norm for me, aiming to write until everywhere opens at half 8. Which would have been easy. Had things not gone wrong from the very beginning.

My mother woke up at the same time and threatened me about going in the front room because she was going to sleep in the back room. My computer is in the front room. I got angry and went back to my room and ended up falling asleep again, waking at half 8. When I was supposed to finish writing.

And then I went to download Open Office. The installer took an hour and a half to download. It then turned out to be corrupted.

I then went looking for a lightweight word processor, which I found and downloaded the installer for. Which also turned out to be corrupt.

Opening Notepad turned out to be fruitless as well. The laptop crashed as soon as my fingers touched the keys.

Sometimes I genuinely think that there’s something out there that wants to make my life as frustrating as possible.

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Preparing for NaNo and other stories

This year marks my second attempt at NaNoWriMo. Last years was a half-hearted Pokémon fanfiction that barely got off the ground at 9000 words. This year, despite my lack of a remotely decent piece of writing equipment (electronical, that is), I am giving it a proper shot. It’s going to be an original fiction based around one of my favourite topics: zombie apocalypse.

Unfortunately, beyond that, I don’t have much of an idea beyond what my two main characters are like and what they’re going to get up to later on. I have yet to think up any other survivors, or indeed any plot other than my main female having to kill the man she loves. I am, as the saying goes, fucked.

Although the idea of NaNo is not to have a publishable novel at the end of the month, it’s probably a good idea for me to at least have a rough plan of what’s going to happen. I don’t want to give up because I’ve written myself into a corner and can’t think of how to get back out. Of course, a publishable novel (editing aside) at the end of it would be nice too.

Is there even a market for zombie stories? World War Z says yes, but my common sense says no. If I was ambitious, I’d make my novel less about the zombies and more about the people trying to survive them; fighting, loving, hating and being outright stupid; but I’m not sure I can pull off what’s basically a discussion on human nature. If nothing else, I’m not very good at dialogue right now.

In other news, I’m thinking of entering this short story competion. It costs £7.00 per entry, is in it’s second year and looks completely legitimate. If nothing else it may be enough to get my toe in the door. If I can manage to write a decent short story before March I may think about it seriously.

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