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NaNoWriMo, Day #9



And how are you all going on Day Nine? I have had a busy weekend and haven't had time to reply to the comments at Day Eight, but hopefully I'll get to those tonight (if I'm not too busy catching up on shows I've recorded!) as well as all the other comments I owe.

I have managed my mini_wrimo words for Days 8 & 9, so I'm feeling good, even though last night was only a little over the minimum I set myself. I've also been steadily working on WIPs - one has two sections completed and I'm not sure whether to post those and then return to the next section once I know what it is, or hold off till the whole story is done - I have already posted some in the past (some time ago, I'm afraid), which is the reason I'm pondering. Anything newer that hasn't had parts posted I'll hold off with till everything is written in full.

Anyone have any thoughts on that? These days I don't like to leave WIPs out there so much, in case I never finish them, or it take too long to get back to them, but I do have a couple which started out as one-shots, but somehow the muses kept playing and people asked, so I wrote more and then they kind of got out of hand! Do others have this kind of issue, or do you keep WIPs to yourself until they're completely done? What about ones that were intended as one-shots, like mine, and then blew into more? I'd love to know what others do, so do tell! ;-)

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usakiwigirl
Nov. 9th, 2014 10:58 pm (UTC)
Hmmm, WIP's.... Best laid plans, and all that. I used to be so good about finishing everything (and I do mean everything) that I started. And then I moved around the world, and started a new job, and got sick... Well, you get my drift. Things just sort of drifted away into the ether. I still have grand plans to finish them all, even the old, old, old stuff in fandoms that I'm not really active in anymore. I hate leaving stuff undone!

As for my NaNo story, I wrote a crap-ton today, at least for me, roughly 3289 words. Considering the terrible week I've had, I'm way happy with that. If I can have another day like that tomorrow (it's a long,moons weekend here, what with it being an American holiday on Tuesday, plus the funeral of Zambia's President on the same day, and tomorrow is a holiday because the city is going to be a nightmare to get around with road closures etc). ANYWAY, what I'm trying to say is that I have two days where I can just write without worrying about calls from the school, or calls from my husband, and really, why am I telling you this, you don't need to know, lol.

Ugh, I lost my train of thought - if I write that much tomorrow, I think I'll be just about caught back up. That's what I was getting at.

Right, clearly it's bedtime. Night all.
haldoor
Nov. 14th, 2014 08:36 am (UTC)
I hate leaving stuff undone too, and always think I'm going to finish everything, but I know that it's probably not going to happen. I have seen people's disappointment when you don't finish WIPs that are half-posted though, so I do try.

You are doing incredibly well with your words! I'm thrilled for you, and hope you keep it up! ;-)
agdhani
Nov. 10th, 2014 03:53 am (UTC)
Didn't write anything on Saturday, but managed 6006 words today to reach 33k...so it's all good here. 85 pages thus far...I'm surprised.
usakiwigirl
Nov. 10th, 2014 02:13 pm (UTC)
Go you, that's awesome.

Now I have a goal to chase, lol.
haldoor
Nov. 14th, 2014 08:37 am (UTC)
Woohoo! You are doing fantastically, my dear! ;-)
agdhani
Nov. 14th, 2014 11:29 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I'm hoping for a really good writing day this weekend without interruptions...but I'm not holding my breath after the way today has been.
kahuna_burger
Nov. 10th, 2014 04:53 pm (UTC)
I usually post my stories as WIPs (before I went into my current writing slump) and I confess to having one unfinished work, which I still occasionally get comments on asking me if I'm going to finish. In my mind, I really will get to it someday.

I have nothing against abandoned WIPs, if I know in advance that they are not strictly finished. The way I see it, if you have 9 awesome chapters out of the 12 you planned, I'd rather read those 9 chapters than have it languish for years on your hard drive until you either finish it or lose it in a hard drive crash.

My attitude towards WIPs is undoubtedly shaped by the fact that I was a huge comic book fan in my youth and up through college. A comic book series, especially one of the long running ones from the Big Two, is a WIP of the highest order - you wait impatiently for the continuation of a storyline you are enjoying, only to have the writer or editor of the series change, effectively causing any long arcs previously started to be abandoned. I also have a long history of loving shows that get cancelled, leaving teases perpetually unfulfilled. But I'd certainly never say that I'd have rather never seen them.
haldoor
Nov. 14th, 2014 08:40 am (UTC)
That's a really good way of looking at WIPs, actually! I will probably post some more on the one I have two sections done, and let it be that kind of installment, although others I have I'm going to keep plodding on with and hopefully finish before I start posting.

It's so hard to know what works - at least I know you are someone who won't mind if there's long gaps; not everyone is so relaxed though and some people can be very anxious about it, so I do get a bit nervous about the whole thing!
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