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Oh my god...

Tonight, at midnight, novel writing month begins. Gulp.

Good thing I wangled a week off for myself out of the job change. I fear I will need it. If things move along as I expect them to, I'll be hitting that horrible midpoint where I always bog down right about that time.

Outline ready. For as much good as it will do. Cast of characters filled out, in the main. Now if only the details will arrive on schedule...

I can't believe I'm really going to do this. Do you suppose the reams I'll have to write to transition my projects over to the successors and management will count in a pinch?

And yes, mintwitch, I am going to use my little Excel spreadsheet in which to type the novel as it comes.

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jaybitvees
Oct. 31st, 2003 02:48 pm (UTC)
Spreadsheet? That's intriguing. . .How, if you don't mind me asking? Always looking for ideas that might generate that writing spurt.
chrisjournal
Oct. 31st, 2003 03:23 pm (UTC)
It's weird. I am authoritatively informed that it, and I, am weird. That makes me oddly happy.

Instead of a big old word processor document that is intimidating and way too easy to use to obsess about word count, I'm going to use a spreadsheet. I made the outline and assigned 250 rows to the various chapters. There are two columns to it -- one formatted with cells just big enough to hold 250 words, and another to the right that holds my outline notes.

It just feels more manageable to me to write in small, tiny chunks of 250 words than to write in 2000-a-day big huge, huger than huge, almost insurmountable chunk.

(in other words, it's an attempt on my part to contain my fear of the words-a-day thing)
ljs
Oct. 31st, 2003 02:52 pm (UTC)
Good luck, Chris! [hugs]
chrisjournal
Oct. 31st, 2003 03:24 pm (UTC)
Thanks Lori. I am so very intimidated by this right now. I guess that's why I'm doing it, huh?
paratti
Oct. 31st, 2003 03:09 pm (UTC)
In Excel? Isn't Word easier?
I use a spreadsheet to store fic addys, fb and distrubution thereof, nominations etc, but writing prose in must be difficult.
chrisjournal
Oct. 31st, 2003 03:27 pm (UTC)
See my reply to jay up there, but I've got the outline chopped up into 250-word cells to keep things very small, and doable in the small cracks of life, rather than requiring dedicated computer time. It's a bit of fighting my fear of the words-a-day thing and a bit of practicality. It's all just typing anyway, right?
spikewriter
Oct. 31st, 2003 03:10 pm (UTC)
Good luck! From where I am, it's nine hours and counting.

I am going to use my little Excel spreadsheet in which to type the novel as it comes.

Spreadsheet? I'm using one to track what I've written, but what are you using?
chrisjournal
Oct. 31st, 2003 03:29 pm (UTC)
It's a two column thing with my outline in the right column and 250-word sized cells in the left column. I've got them all divided up by chapters, and figure on filling them in one at a time when I only have a little time (often), and more at a time when I don't. If I find a big chunk of time to spend (hard with the kids and work and life), and get many many words written in some other program, I'll just paste them over. It's mostly a weird psychological game with myself, I think.

Good luck to you!
mintwitch
Oct. 31st, 2003 04:33 pm (UTC)
Geek.
That is all.

;-)
chrisjournal
Oct. 31st, 2003 04:35 pm (UTC)
Re: Geek.
From you? It's enough ;-)
jodyorjen
Oct. 31st, 2003 06:31 pm (UTC)
Good luck with Nanowrimo!

::shakes fluffy pompoms:: Go Chris!!!

/end pep rally
mommanerd
Oct. 31st, 2003 07:13 pm (UTC)
I'm sending good will and positive vibes your way.

Go for it!!!
ariane5
Oct. 31st, 2003 09:40 pm (UTC)
good luck Chris! I'm doing it too. Two hours and twenty-seven minutes 'til blast off out here. Took a long nap today, so at 12:00:01 I'll be staring at my monitor wondering what the heck I got myself into.

as for your transition thing - give 'em a brief outline and tell them it will be a good 'learning experience' for them to fill in the blanks.
chrisjournal
Nov. 1st, 2003 08:18 am (UTC)
*grins* Don't I wish I could tell them to have a 'learning experience'. I'm hoping to leave this one with some of the best references I've ever had, so no leaving them in the lurch. It's a different half of my brain anyhow, right? Sort of connect-the-dots and budget kind of stuff...
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