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Thought I'd go ahead and post these before I try to put a dent in the 5000 words I need to reach the half-way mark. ::deep breath:: I'm still having some trouble wrapping my brain around that one, but I digress. Here are three prompts for you:

Skeletons in the Closet--This card starts by pointing out that many of the things we take for granted everyday in our lives are actually the result "of a bitter struggle between two opposing forces." It goes on to recount the tale of Alexander Graham Bell's displeasure over the fact that the customary "hello" when answering a phone (suggested by Thomas Edison) became popular over the greeting he thought more fitting--"ahoy, ahoy". It then challenges you to delve into a fact about your protagonist life or personality and show one of these kind of surprising struggles that brought him/her to his/her current state.

The Plot Thickens--This card begins by warning that we have now reached the point in the month where things begin to get more "interesting", or week two. Here we begin to delve into the glorious part of writing known as plot development. It also warns that this will be most exhausting of the four weeks. (Personally? Not too sure on that last part--nearly twenty thousand words in the first week alone was pretty dang exhausting...) It goes on to repeat a very familiar theme found all over NaNo's website: The more you write, the more inspired you will feel. If you're feeling slow and uninspired at this point, it's because you aren't writing enough. It suggests that you make yourself write every single day, even going so far as to add something--anything--to your word count every single time you're within reach of your keyboard.

No Frogs In This Pond--This card begins by proclaiming that today we are going to make Zsa Zsa Gabor as our literary role model. She was so enthusiastic about marriage that she did it nine times. What does that have to do with your novel? It explains that as you write today, any number of possible plot directions will likely arise. Don't wait for "The One" to come along. In the world of NaNo, there are no frogs, only princes. So take inspiration from the Hungarian actress and hook yourself up with any likely plot-suitor. You can always come back and grab a different one on the next go-round.

Okay, I think that's enough food for writing-thought for one post. I'll try to get a couple more out there tomorrow. :)

If you'd like your own set, the cards and the kit that they come in can be found here:
No Plot? No Problem! The Kit!

Now it's time for dinner before I tackle that daily word count. ::grins::

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So I bought this writing kit compiled by the founder of NaNoWriMo on the last day of October. It's supposed to have all of the things you need to keep you going and be successful at writing a 50k word novel in one month. Inside the kit there is a set of cards containing writing prompts, one for each day of the month. Some have been helpful, some not so much, but they have all been quite interesting. As such, I've decided I'm going to try to share those prompts here, one each day, for any of my fellow writers out there. Even if you're not doing NaNoWriMo, you might find something that can help you through a block, right?

So here is the one for today in a nutshell (#5 in the set for week 1):

Borrow Mercilessly--Before you start writing, read the first few pages of a novel by an author whose voice you've always loved. Pick out the techniques that the writer uses to create the mood that you find so appealing. Borrow those methods and use them throughout today's writing session.

Any takers? :)

The card and the kit that it comes in can be found here:
No Plot? No Problem! The Kit!

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SG-1 fic: VS-9 Episode 12--Of Pride and Jaffa Prejudice
Words written (9/12): 1402 (27,204 total. Period.)
Progress: finished Ry'ac/Kar'yn scene & ending

WOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!! Yes, it's done. Stick a fork in it, it's D-O-N-E DONE!!!!! Finished. Completed. (aside from beta corrections and edits, of course...) Put to bed. In the can. Caput. Did I mention F-I-N-I-S-H-E-D? Oh, okay. How about DONE? YEEEEEEE HAAAAAAW!!!!!!

::does the happy, happy, happy dance:: This, of course, means that I can now unleash the muse on the poor boys in Atlantis. ::more happy dancing:: And since I'm waaay to wired to sleep, I may just have to allow her to start something tonight... ::evvvvaaaal cackling::

Um, speaking of betas? Oh, Deeeeeee.... ::huge grin & still happy-dancing::

katstales: (General Jack Desk)
SG-1 fic: VS9 Episode 12--Of Pride and Jaffa Prejudice
Words written (9/11): 791 (25,804 total so far)
Progress: tweaked O'Neill departure scene; finished Teal'c/Ry'ac scene
Reason: had to play taxi driver for daughter who needed ride to friend's house near school this evening; then had to make grocery run. (No food in house=crabby family-peoples...huh, who'd have ever thought???) Also, seems I'm still a bit wiped out by teh germy-ness, as all I wanted to do is sleep today...and sleep...and sleep...and sleep...

Still, looking on the bright side--only two, count 'em, ONE-TWO, scenes left and the first draft is completed!!!! I'm really going to try my darnedest to finish both tomorrow. ::crosses fingers, toes, & various other body parts:: Wish me luck, LOL!

katstales: (General Jack Desk)
SG-1 fic: VS9 Episode 12--Of Pride and Jaffa Prejudice
Words written (9/10): 1102 (24,910 total so far)
Progress: finished O'Neill departure/Teal'c arrival scene. Only three more to go and we're finished with the first draft--WOOOOOOOHOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!

All in all, not too bad considering. We had granddaughter #1 here all weekend, then granddaughter #2 arrived for the evening not half an hour after her cousin left. Thankfully, the meds I got from the doc to KO teh germyness haven't been affecting me too much since the initial dose on Friday. (Hence the lack of updates for the past couple of days...) Still looking good for a finish to this by mid-week, though--YAY!!

katstales: (General Jack Desk)
SG-1 fic: VS9 Episode 12--Of Pride and Jaffa Prejudice
Words written (9/07): 543 (23,773 total so far)
Progress: finished O'Neill/Ry'ac scene--only 4-5 more to go...YAY!!!
Reason: difficult to type when you feel like you're about to hack up a lung...

May be taking tomorrow off from writing, not sure yet. Have conceded defeat to teh germyness and made Dr appt, so depending on what kind of drugs are prescribed, writing may or may not happen until I'm feeling better. ::sigh::

And I'm SO damn close now, too...

::head desk::

katstales: (General Jack Desk)
SG-1 Fic: VS9 Episode 12--Of Pride and Jaffa Prejudice
Words written (9/06): 1177 (23,224)
Progress: tweaked Ry'ac/Kar'yn scene a bit; finished Teal'c/Da'ar scene

Only 6 more scenes to go--which means at the rate I'm going of one scene per day, this should be finished in less than a week--YEEEEEE HAAAAAWWWW!!!

Now if I could just get rid of this damn cold/sinus crap once and for all...

katstales: (General Jack Desk)
SG-1 fic: VS9 Episode 12--Of Pride and Jaffa Prejudice
Words written (9/05): 825 (22,017 total so far)
Progress: tweaked Ry'ac/Kar'yn scene; finished O'Neill/Kar'yn scene (Go me, LOL!)

WoooHoooo!!!! Just over half a dozen scenes to get through and It. Will. Be. F-I-N-I-S-H-E-D!!! (Other than the beta corrections...assuming I can find someone to actually beta the darn thing...any volunteers? LOL!)

katstales: (General Jack Desk)
SG-1 fic--VS9 episode 12: Of Pride and Jaffa Prejudice
Words written today (9/3): 442 (20,601 total words)
Progress: finished Teal'c/Bra'tac/Ishta scene

I may well be waaay old and extremely senile by the time I ever actually finish this blasted thing... ::grins::

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I'm having a really difficult time getting back into the swing of things after a nasty bout of the flu last week. So I've decided to borrow a page out of [livejournal.com profile] sgcgategirl's book (who seems to have borrowed it from [livejournal.com profile] gumnut) and start doing daily updates on my writing. So if either of you would prefer that I not swipe your idea, please let me know and I'll stop. It's just that Lord knows I need to do something to get me in gear and consistently writing again...

So without further ado, here is today's progress (or lack thereof...)

SG-1 fic--VS9 episode 12: Pride and Jaffa Prejudice
Words written today (9/2): 745 words (20,158 total so far)
Progress: finished Kar'yn-O'Neill scene


Aug. 12th, 2006 03:08 am
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I managed to reconstruct the scenes that I lost yesterday from the VS9 project and complete the next one--woohoo!!  And I even managed to remember to click the "yes" button when prompted to save changes--go me!! LOL!

Before I wander off to bed, a few thoughts on both Stargates from last night:

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I FINALLY made some decent progress on the extremely belated VS9 story. Only somehow I managed to click "no" to the save changes prompt and lost it all.


I really, really need to write some serious whumpage about now...



Jul. 17th, 2006 02:55 am
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*does the happy dance* Something that actually feels like progress on the VS9 project--I finished not one, but two--count 'em, two scenes of the VS9 project!  I'm starting to feel like I may actually be able to finish this thing before I'm old and grey...


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