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    I mentioned in the 50k for June thread that I was having a warm up month, writing 1000 words a day, every day, in May.

    A couple of others have decided to join me, so rather than clog up the June thread, I thought it would be best to have 1000 a Day May dedicated area.

    And it's extra cool because there's a rhyme.

    So. Day 6. Bring it on!

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    Day 7. Kind of cheated today and did a lot of editing, cutting and pasting and rearranging of what I've already written. I've written around 1000 words, though i've trashed around 4000 so I'm not sure if it counts. I decided last night that my story would be better shifted a year or so back in time to make it more of an "origin" piece, rather than going into all of this back story and flashback since that was the more interesting part anyway. I haven't deleted the 4000, they might come in handy for a sequel (jumping the gun much?)

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    I'm going well so far. Am about to embark on a new scene now actually. And as to what you wrote in the other thread about quality, I could wonder the same about mine. But that's okay, we're writing and that's what counts. Lots of time to edit later. And now, hehe. I've cut out a bunch of mine too, but meh, count what you write, not what you cut out. It's all going towards making the book awesome anyways. And good idea to keep it in case it's useful for the sequel ^_^

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    You're exactly right - the writing is what counts. And I think the daily exercise of sitting don to write is just as important as the growing word count.
    Glad you're going well so far. How did your new scene go?

    I was back on track today with my WIP. Think I've made the right decision in shifting it back in time a bit too. It also means a few less characters so I think that's a good thing too.

    Who else is cracking along with their 1000 words a day? Anyone writing more than that?

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    It went well, just finished it actually ^_^ And am a bit over the word count, which is yay cause I'm never good at these things. I also just entered the first 50 pages of the manuscript into this Penguin scholarship comp, so I'm really motivated to keep writing in case I get short listed (and even if I don't, getting rejected makes me think about why, which always gives me a bunch of ideas, so can't complain about that).

    Sounds like a good idea that you moved it back in time, I agree. Someone once said that if you've got too many flashbacks, you probably haven't started your story early enough. Good luck!

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    Oooh, that Penguin scholarship looks really great! Glad you're on onto a good thing with your WIP. How goes Day 9?

    I had a great morning today, did almost the whole 1000 in a single bound before getting a bit stuck on exactly how I wanted to push this new character I've created. He's such a jerk.
    I'm at a bit of a loss for tomorrow already. I alwasy like to leave a writing session at a point where I could keep writing, so I can pick up that momentum the next day. I'm in between scenes now, and haven't planned anything in advance so looks like I'll just be diving in blind.

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    Thanks ^_^ I missed Day 9, but have been on track since then, so yay. This was such a good idea.

    How did you go with your writing when you didn't have anything planned?

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    Day 13 and going well. I think it's been a good idea too. I'm really starting to get somewhere in this now... Not exactly sure where that is, but it's somewhere!

    There have been a couple of 'seat of my pants' days so far. A new character, adding an entirely new dimension to an existing character paradigm has been one good thing. And discovering another character isn't human. Not sure what that means yet, but it'll be something cool.

    I'm at that point now where the beginning is winding up and we're getting into the meat of Act 2. I hate that part. I find it's the hardest place to write and usually give up around this point. Not this time though!

    How are you going?

    And p.s, I just noticed that you're from Brisbane. I'm not 'from' there precisely - not 'from' anywhere- but I do call it home and will move back in about 18 months (and counting). Where are you based?

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    Somewhere is always better than nowhere, so good work ^_^ Ooh new characters are always fun (I've introduced three actually, and never thought I'd find them so interesting so quickly), and that is quite awesome to discover someone wasn't human. You mind me asking what your story is about?

    And hehe yeah I find the middle really hard myself. That's what I'm working on now. And it occurred to me (though it's somewhat obvious I know) that if I keep this up, my book will be at 100k works in 30 days. That's crazy and scary. I'm so determined to do it, but also a little nervous as to what I'll end up with. I'm going well though. Hitting target about every second day, which is better than usual, so I'm happy. There are lots of gaps now where I have no idea what will happen, but it's fun trying to work it out. Just praying I don't get stuck.

    Where do you live now? And I plan to move to Melbourne sometime in the next few years, but hopefully I'll be around long enough to say hello when you do come back to Brisbane ^_^ Also, in case you didn't notice (lols cause there are so many Fodwocekts out there), I followed you on Twitter. Oh and Starconstant says she knows you from Nano. Can't wait for our next attempt in June!

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    It's not happening for me today at all. I blame this cracking headache I have managed to make a few planning and revision notes, so that helps I suppose. Not to bad, not making target 1 day out of 14.

    100k is MASSIVE! Well done (in advance). I'm aiming for around 75/80 as a rough draft, hoping to polish it into about 65k. What's your WIP?

    My project is an urban fantasy with a few different interconnecting story lines, but predominately it's about a woman who is sort of a shapeshifting jaguar (I say sort of because I'm not using the the usual shapeshifting paradigms, but that's as close as I can explain it at this point), the cryptozoologist who's been tracking her, and the detective investigating a murder that she's linked to.

    I've been based in small town Western Australia for a few years now. Not much to do here but write. I only recently clicked on who you are - I've been dropping by your very cool website for a while now. Good stuff!
    Yep, Starconstant and I have been Nanoing together for a few years now. I'm also really looking forward to June. And I thought May was proving tough!

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