morbane: pohutukawa blossom and leaves (Default)
[personal profile] morbane

So: this year, I'm doing Yuletide, but also, sort of, NationalNovelWritingMonth. I'm trying to combine them, in what [personal profile] seekingferret calls the Worst Idea Ever.

My plan:
-Start writing for Yuletide prompts on November 1st
-Complete 50,000 words of writing for Yuletide prompts by the end of November 30th
-Start and stop stories as I please; re-start stories as I please; switch stories as I please
-Give myself permission to fail.

My reasoning:
I often wait until the last minute to work on a story, and that's stressful and has sometimes landed me in hot water. I want to kick procrastination to the curb. But I also don't want to jeopardise the quality of stories that are intended as gifts, and I don't want to stress myself out MORE than usual, so, firstly, there's the first three weeks of December for editing, and secondly, if isn't working, I'll stop.

Apart from the obvious reasons that this is an... ambitious.... idea, there's a major hurdle: I have never attempted to write 50,000 words in a month before.

So, kind readers, do you have any tips?

-I've mostly offered, and have been reading the letters for, Yuletide canons that are quick to consume and with which I am already very familiar. (This is already a step up from previous years.)

-I am planning out large weekend/evening blocks of time to allow me to catch up for bad days.

-I have many online and offline friends with whom I am doing Yuletide and even WIE. There is a local writing group that I don't know very well but whose NaNo sessions I can go to, if needed.

What else should I plan for? How can I help myself succeed?

Advice appreciated!

Date: 2014-10-27 04:48 am (UTC)
cahn: (Default)
From: [personal profile] cahn
Why is combining YT and NaNo the worst idea ever? I mean, it doesn't sound any worse than NaNo itself does, to me :)

Alas, I cannot help you on the 50,000 words/month thing. I think my personal best is maybe... a third that much?

I think I would say, though, if you decide you're failing at the 50,000 words thing, that certainly shouldn't mean you can't shoot for 40,000, or 30,000, or 20,000.

Date: 2014-10-27 04:32 pm (UTC)
seekingferret: Word balloon says "So I said to the guy: you never read the book yet you go online and talk about it as if--" (Default)
From: [personal profile] seekingferret
I'm not sure [personal profile] morbane's version is the WIE... my goal at the moment is shooting to do my 50K in a single YT fic, and that strikes me as incredibly foolhardy and likely to transform into [personal profile] morbane's version pretty quickly.

But in general... NaNo is hard because it's so many words so quickly. YT is hard because it will be seen by the public so quickly. WIE is hard because it's both.

Date: 2014-10-28 04:09 am (UTC)
seekingferret: Word balloon says "So I said to the guy: you never read the book yet you go online and talk about it as if--" (Default)
From: [personal profile] seekingferret
You mean what will I do if BEARS? I will probably flanick, duh.

Date: 2014-10-28 02:58 pm (UTC)
cahn: (Default)
From: [personal profile] cahn
Sadly, I do not think there is conservation of bears! We shall see. If I do not see any I shall know whom to thank.

Date: 2014-10-28 02:55 pm (UTC)
cahn: (Default)
From: [personal profile] cahn
Oh. Yeeeah, I see what you mean, and what morbane said below also makes a lot of sense re: quality gift regardless of number of words vs. lots of words regardless of quality.

50k in ONE FIC?! Wow. I... am not sure that would be my preference for something written in two months either :)(Though I may be biased, because the only time I tried to write a longfic for an exchange my beta basically told me it wasn't going to work, and I had to scrap it and write something else rather shorter. I... don't do well with longfics.)

Date: 2014-10-28 02:57 pm (UTC)
cahn: (Default)
From: [personal profile] cahn
That makes a lot of sense! I'll be interested to see how the experiment goes :) In any case, I should think it would be a lovely experience to just write as much as possible for yuletide for a month. Well, and probably also rather frustrating at many times, but I suspect you'll be happy that you did it :)

Date: 2014-10-27 02:01 pm (UTC)
jenn_calaelen: Peacock feathers (Default)
From: [personal profile] jenn_calaelen
In the past I did Nano (two or three times - I def completed it twice, I think I signed up the next year as well).
Two pieces of advice I can think of:
have plans in advance (and if you need to do research/canon review etc start that before the month).
don't worry too much if you miss a day or two, it is perfectly possibly to catch up, and I found that easier than trying to keep going when I was really stuck.

Date: 2014-10-27 04:15 pm (UTC)
sanguinity: woodcut by M.C. Escher, "Snakes" (Default)
From: [personal profile] sanguinity
For myself, to do 1667 words/day, every day, I either need to know the entire everything in advance, or I need a structure where any arbitrary chunk of words doesn't have to "count." (F'rex, the year I did a Choose Your Own Adventure, where I could just, at whim, spin down any plot-avenue I felt like with no consequences whatsoever to any other existing plotline. I could have squids attack from outer space in one branch, while more serious plotty-charactery stuff was happening in another.) If, however, I'm in a situation where everything "counts," then I can only pull off about 1667 words every other day, because that's the top rate at which my brain works out consequences and character development and stuff. I write, and then it takes a day for my brain to refill, and then I write that, and then it takes another day for my brain to refill...

So if it was me doing the WIE (*rolls eyes at [personal profile] seekingferret, because really*), I'd need a decent number of crack-prompts and crack-fandoms (Danger 5!) picked out in advance, in addition to whatever "serious" prompts I intended to write, so that I'd have something I could add to without consequence on the days that my brain was refilling.

But that is advice very much optimized to my own self, and may have little relevance to you.

Date: 2014-10-30 06:44 am (UTC)
azurelunatic: (Greater) Tits Against the RTE (the bird kind) (and by tits I mean the bird)
From: [personal profile] azurelunatic
Good luck! I've had the most success at writing to outline for NaNo. If the good words aren't coming, then sketchy outline words might show up, and you can fill in things where you know what happens and polish them up in December if nothing else.

(I have no idea what I'm doing this year. It should be fun.)


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