Novel-in-a-Day 3: With a Vengeance

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Wed Oct 23, 2013 11:37 am Post

The plot synopsis and briefs are in the snapshots. The corkboard synopsis should just say the authors name as I use that text in the compile.

Actual chapter text is in the documents underneath the chapter folders.
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Wed Oct 23, 2013 12:19 pm Post

matt wrote:No floor plans that I saw... maybe we all just have lounges?


And that's how I knew I was dealing with a higher class of people. Man, I gotta get me a lounge!

gr

p.s. BTW, the floor plan theory panned out. Two residences have floor plans in the Scriv project file -- each features a lounge (aka living room).
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Wed Oct 23, 2013 12:22 pm Post

Nope, everything is still blank.

A Bit Later: Never mind. I've got it all sorted.

My suggestion for next year's genre: ChicLit. *Guffaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaw*

pigfender wrote:The plot synopsis and briefs are in the snapshots. The corkboard synopsis should just say the authors name as I use that text in the compile.
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Wed Oct 23, 2013 1:28 pm Post

Here in the States we mostly have living rooms. Sometimes we also have family rooms or tv rooms or rec rooms or rumpus rooms, but those tend to be rooms beyond the living room, where you can send the kids when they're too sticky or obnoxious to be tolerated in the living room.

We also have the International Brotherhood of Teamsters in place of the Hauliers Union.

I'm not criticizing, though. I'm not even criticising. I rather enjoyed the alternate Vegas we created together. :)

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gr wrote:The term that stood out for me -- and it was used consistently throughout the novel whenever we were at someone's house (or safehouse as the case may be) -- was 'lounge'. Every house had a lounge -- a room quite unheard of in these parts. I am pretty sure those chapters were written by people far and wide, so I am suspecting a common cause -- floor plans in some people's packets perhaps?

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No floor plans that I saw... maybe we all just have lounges?

As an Australian, perfectly unremarkable to me, to the point that I assumed it was entirely non-regional and absolutely common everywhere.

It's not like it is a "sitting room", which no one outside of pre-1900s Britain has ever had!

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Wed Oct 23, 2013 2:05 pm Post

I had a big long reply, but then I lost it to the sql err. BAH!

I'm sorry I seemed to pick on one chapter. There were many things that would pull a "native" American english speaker out of the story. It makes sense since writers didn't time to research the setting...

Even with those things the individual short stories (aka chapters) are very good. It is a fun read if you understand the point of the NIAD and don't get hung up on the disconnects and minor issues.
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Wed Oct 23, 2013 3:11 pm Post

r6d2 wrote:
pigfender, kinda. No wait he did actually say this wrote:The best cure I am aware of is the conveniently scheduled NaNoWriMo.

I'd love to join this year's NaNoWriMo, really. But the rules state that you cannot start with a base project you've been working on, you must start from scratch. My current WIP is already about 40% written (First Draft), and I have to deliver it by mid December, so starting a new project during November would definitely jeopardize my chances to complete both, I think.


Then that would make you a NaNo Rebel. The rules don't apply to you, do they mister big-shot? :P

Seriously, there's no penalty to being a rebel, other than a few odd looks. They even have an official forum for you: http://nanowrimo.org/forums/nano-rebels, the top (sticky) post is titled: "Welcome to Rebellion! You are NOT a cheater."
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Wed Oct 23, 2013 6:09 pm Post

robertdguthrie wrote:Then that would make you a NaNo Rebel. The rules don't apply to you, do they mister big-shot? :P

Terrific! Thanks!
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Thu Oct 24, 2013 8:29 pm Post

s'pose it's a step up from being a Scrivener miscreant and ne'r-do-'ell! :?
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Fri Oct 25, 2013 3:40 am Post

vic-k wrote:s'pose it's a step up from being a Scrivener miscreant and ne'r-do-'ell! :?
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"You talking to me???" :lol:

In that case you forgot to say:

Yo-momma so rebel that she signs up for NaNoWriMo and only writes "clean your room, do your homework and get out of bed already" 50.000 times. 8)
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Sat Oct 26, 2013 12:18 am Post

I'm up to chapter 8 I believe. It's amazing they way Pigfender crafted it this time allowing for continuity while making room for creativity. Any snafu's yet or conflicts?

Hmmm, can't believe we're still on page 30 here. Well, chillaxin' is in order here.

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Tue Nov 05, 2013 6:25 pm Post

Well, I've caught up on sleep as well as my household chores, and finally managed to sit down and read the book we wrote. I just wanted to say thanks to everyone who took part. It's amazing how much I was surprised by what people come up with to meet the briefs.

I've had a flick through the thread again, and picked out a few of the unanswered questions (Stacey, I know you said you were going to ping a couple of questions over. Happy to answer here, or via email if you prefer).

several people wrote:What genre for next year?

Musical.

RDG wrote:Upload onto Goodreads?

I can do this if people want, either on a no-names "by NiaD 2013" basis, or by listing all 25 authors individually.

Briar Kit wrote:How many downloads?

I don't have access to the download stats (or at least, I have no idea how to view them), but I do know that the page hosting has had about 600 views, about 85% of which only visited the page once.

Briar Kit wrote:A lot more than a day's worth of work

Not as much as you might think. I did very little prior to Ioa's initial announcement (except for coming up with a two paragraph outline), and if you look at the timestamps for the "Rough Synopsis" and "Chapter brief" for each section in the .scriv file, you'll see that an awful lot of the prep happened very shortly before the event. Anything more than that can seem a little disingenuous, as I explained here all the way back in February.

Anyway, thanks again to all. I can't say that every minute pulling together our little trio of books has been fun, but I'm certainly proud of the end results, and hope you all are too.
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Tue Nov 05, 2013 8:18 pm Post

It deserves to be 60,000 downloads.

I only meant that the hours mount up. If each writer spends just 4 hours writing their chapter, that's 100 hours...over 4 days. I expect they spend longer. 8 hours each? 8+ days? The novel is completed in a single day, but entails x days of actual work. Think it is ingenious and remarkable.
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Tue Nov 05, 2013 8:49 pm Post

500 authorial hours + 4 compositing hours in 24 hours. Plus Pf's prep time.

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Wed Nov 06, 2013 9:43 am Post

Well, there's a simpler maths equation here... 25 people x 1 day = 25 peopledays. So we produced our 50,000 word opus (actually just over 54,000) in less time than it takes to write a NaNoWriMo novel. I'd like to think we did it with more focus on quality and content as well!

How do you run a marathon distance at a sprint pace? Make it a relay.
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Fri Nov 08, 2013 8:52 am Post

pigfender wrote:Well, there's a simpler maths equation here... 25 people x 1 day = 25 peopledays. So we produced our 50,000 word opus (actually just over 54,000) in less time than it takes to write a NaNoWriMo novel. I'd like to think we did it with more focus on quality and content as well!

How do you run a marathon distance at a sprint pace? Make it a relay.


Never have I felt so good about my writing as I did reading this post.

It didn't last long mind, but for a couple of seconds it felt darn good! :D
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