Posts tagged nanowrimo
Posts tagged nanowrimo
Yup - I’m a winner!
Naturally, everyone who even writes even a few words can be considered a winner. Then again, the goal was to reach 50,000 and I can now proudly tell you that I did! Afterimage clocked in at a proud 50,009 words and I can now consider myself an author!
Well… not quite an author. What I have created - and what I am very proud of - is a very sketchy first draft of what will eventually become a book. One day. Sometime in the future.
During November, I learned a couple of things about myself. First off, I’m a slacker and I love procrastinating. If I can push my writing till tomorrow, odds are I’ll do it. This is not a very good thing. Second, I write extremely nonsensically, going from thought to thought without thinking much about the places inbetween those thoughts. This leads to a very disjointed and confused narrative where plot points are introduced and then dropped, only to resurface for no reason when I remember them.
I’m not saying I should plan my books better, because I don’t think that’s the answer either. I, myself, love to feel the story grow as I write it. If anything, I think Afterimage might have been just a tad overplanned; I knew where I was going with it, and that sort of ruined the surprise for me. It caused the first draft to feel like me rushing towards a conclusion without really focusing on the oh-so-important middle bits.
For those who have been asking me: No, I will not be making this draft available to you. The only one who will read it is my fiance, and then, after rewriting it once or twice, I might let someone else look at it. Right now, it’s just way too unfinished.
Anyway! On to new stuff!
07:14 Nov. 4
I’m pretty much a one trick pony when it comes to hotel breakfasts. I usually go with bacon and scrambled eggs because it’s a safe - albeit boring - option. Today I spiced things up with a smoothie and some watermelon, so I feel slightly less boring. Hooray!
Today, my presence at Gamex isn’t technically required until late in the afternoon but I will still be around if any of you want to catch up. If you can’t find me at B:31 then look for a blonde dude with glasses, jeans, white sneakers and a green t-shirt that says “I make games”.
Time to dig into the breakfast, then!
Oh, and also, my computer is constantly occupied at Gamex because it’s used to display pictures from our game. This leaves me with zero opportunities to do NaNoWriMo writing. It makes me sad. I’ll have to make up for it when I get home!
Yup, still in the hotel lobby. I’m waiting for my time slot when I’ll be able to do my online presentation thing for my master’s course (and no, I still don’t know how you say that in English. It’s not a master’s degree course because it’s only one year long, and yet it IS a sort of master’s degree thing because that is one possible translation. Eh, I dunno.)
Right now, I’m enjoying breakfast - a ridiculously overpriced BLT and a Coke. The Coke cost exactly the same as the bottled water. There is something wrong about this. One day I may write something about it.
Speaking of writing… yeah, haven’t done too much about that whole NaNoWriMo thing lately due to extreme amounts of work. I might be able to manage a few hundred words later tonight if I’m lucky. We’ll see.
My presentation is in 45 minutes. Plenty of time to become nervous!
Here’s another thing I don’t get.
We have a specified “window” of time during which it’s okay to hand in an assignment. This in and of itself isn’t hard to understand; it could be due to bandwidth issues, teachers monitoring hand-ins to make sure students do what they’re supposed to and various other reasons.
What I don’t get is that it’s possible to hand in stuff way before the “window”. I was able to hand in my assignment yesterday, which makes absolutely no sense. Why even have a window if you’re not restricting hand-ins to that specific time frame?
I’m beginning to wonder if the option to hand this in as an attachment will magically appear in an hour when the window opens. Perhaps this is a test to weed out the weaker, can’t-wait-to-finish-my-assignment-and-screw-the-designated-hand-in-time students. Perhaps this is the way they pick the really hardcore game developers. I don’t know.
What I do know is that it’s time for me to eat something and then I’m going to work on other stuff.
Also - NaNoWriMo time this evening! My fiancé will apparently make Thomas’ Biscuits to celebrate, and we’ll be waiting together for midnight. Then it’s writin’ time, baby! … For a day or so, and then I’m losing about four days because I’m going to Gamex. It’ll be lots of fun, as well as a lot of pressure (gotta be ready for elevator pitches!), but still. I kinda wish I could’ve spent the time writing. Oh, well.