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(10-24-2020, 03:00 PM)Mattias Westlund Wrote: [ -> ]I have signed up for NaNoWriMo this November, in an attempt to wrap up Strands of Darkness. Has anyone here ever participated in this event? Right now, I'm not entirely sure how it works or what is expected of me. And the NaNoWriMo crew seems more interested in spamming me with emails asking me to buy merch or sign up for online writing courses then actually explaining what I'm supposed to do.

Do I just report my daily writing progress to the site or what? Does anyone know?

I've done NaNoWriMo a couple times before.

NaNo, formally, is for writing a new novel -- while you may do all the outlining and planning you like, you can't write any actual prose of it till Nov. 1st. Once Nov. 1st comes along there'll be something on the website where you can put in how many words you've written for that day. Since the goal is 50,000, the daily target is something like 1667 if I remember correctly. There'll be a 'hub' area for your project where you can see a bar graph of your writing progress, which will tell you your average daily wordcount and the nr. of words you need to write each day to hit 50000. Once NaNo ends, you copy-paste the text into the website, or something like that, to have your victory verified. There are iirc discounts and such offered to winners.

Informally, lots of people aim for more or less than 50k, mind, and some people use NaNo to revise their projects; and last year I tried to write 25k in short stories (I didn't hit that) and some people write scripts or poetry.
Oh, OK. Feels like a dumb idea signing up for this, then. TBH I wouldn't want to read a novel that was literally written in a month. That's like listening to a piece of music that was composed in ten minutes. Ah, well. Maybe I'll just use November as an excuse for getting some serious writing done, knowing that others are doing the same. It's a shit month in this part of the world so why not xD
(10-24-2020, 09:46 PM)Mattias Westlund Wrote: [ -> ]Oh, OK. Feels like a dumb idea signing up for this, then. TBH I wouldn't want to read a novel that was literally written in a month. That's like listening to a piece of music that was composed in ten minutes. Ah, well. Maybe I'll just use November as an excuse for getting some serious writing done, knowing that others are doing the same. It's a shit month in this part of the world so why not xD

To be fair, the point is less to get a complete and readable novel than to get a writer writing and producing something that can be revised. (The novel Water for Elephants began life as a NaNoWriMo project -- I read it a few years ago and it was pretty good.)
(10-24-2020, 09:46 PM)Mattias Westlund Wrote: [ -> ]Oh, OK. Feels like a dumb idea signing up for this, then. TBH I wouldn't want to read a novel that was literally written in a month. That's like listening to a piece of music that was composed in ten minutes. Ah, well. Maybe I'll just use November as an excuse for getting some serious writing done, knowing that others are doing the same. It's a shit month in this part of the world so why not xD

Yeah, you're better off working at your own pace and just workshopping with people who can help you on your schedule. I'd like to be more active myself, but this grad school thing...

A good writing group is kind of situational. You have this forum, and you might do well to seek out some other active writers. I don't know what this program is you signed up for, and I certainly can't judge it without knowing what it is, but I often see such things as the equivalent of one of those "finger muscle exercisers" they sell to people to make them better at guitar.
I didn't realize it's been this long since I've posted anything from the project. June? Wow, this year's a blur.

Anyway, here's an updated version of The Wolves of Northreach. Almost done. As for Strands of Darkness, things are progressing decently enough, though I had to rewrite almost an entire Lilias* chapter towards the end, as I realized it was giving away too much. Hopefully I'll have at least another chapter ready for your perusal before the end of the year.

Enjoy!

* Yes, Lilias. I've changed her name, as Lilian sounds too much like a name from our world and it's bothered me for a long time.
I've done some more work on the world map. Not sure how visible the changes are to the uninitiated, but anyway.

[Image: aeon_wip.jpg]

For the final version I'm thinking of removing the "1000 miles" ruler thing since the map is not intended to be exactly to scale anyway, and having it there is like an open invitation for nitpickers to complain about distances and travel times in the book. The people of Aeon don't know exactly how big the world is, nor exactly how all places are positioned in relation to everything else, and I don't think the reader should either.
Speaking of scale and distances, here's Aeon with a map of Europe and North Africa overlaid on top, to give you a rough idea of the size of the place. Edit: ...so, obviously, the 1000 miles as stated on the map is incorrect. I don't think I gave it much thought when I put it there, it was more for decorative purposes.

[Image: aeon_vs_europe.jpg]
The map continues to look great! I agree that maybe you should take out the scale legend (or whatever it's called). That way you can worry about that stuff later in the text. I find that a map that leans toward the symbolic is better than one that is intended to be realistic unless the realism of said map is rigorously attended to.
(01-08-2021, 07:21 PM)Nayrb Wrote: [ -> ]I find that a map that leans toward the symbolic is better than one that is intended to be realistic unless the realism of said map is rigorously attended to.

Yup, I totally agree. I prefer when maps leave some things to your imagination.
I'm happy to report that The Wolves of Northreach is finished. While the final parts of it are to be considered first draft and many tweaks are likely needed all over (not to mention that I need to finish the map I've been working on for it), the story is in place from beginning to end. At almost 29k words and 110 pages, it turned out a lot longer in the telling than originally envisioned, but generally speaking I'm quite happy with it.

A plain text version is attached for those who prefer that.
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