Hello, Dream Soul and Reyna! Bracken is about somewhere and she's also signed up. I know that this topic has only been up two days, and a month before the event actually starts, to boot, but I was starting to think that no-one would reply! By te way, 50,000 words is a novella, I think, and somewhere around 70,000 is considered proper novel length.
There is a daily word count tracker to help you keep track. This word-count bar will fill up as you write and announce you a winner once you get over 50,000 words. There are two ways to input your word-count: they had a word-count confirmer that automatically updates when you add in your whole story into the box, if I remember correctly, and also a smaller box where you can just type your word-count in. They work on the basis that 'you're only lying to yourself' if you update the bar to say 50,000, when you know you've only managed 23,000.
Do you know what your stories are going to be about? Or are you just going to start typing from the first of November and see what comes out? Mine is going to be a pagan story - something I haven't tried before. The daughter and son characters are sorted, but 'mum' and 'dad' are more complicated because I don't have that kind of life experience. I need some jobs for the parents (I thought the father could be a youth camp worker or something, whereas mum was more lab-oriented), a setting for a Lughnasadh festival gathering and some issues
All I know is that 'mum' character is currently having faith issues, and there's a guy at the festival who makes things very uncomfortable not just for her, but a bunch of other women. Has anyone out there ever had an uncomfortable experience at an event, to the point where you feel you need to mention to someone about this person? What if this person is reasonably well known and respected by others, including the event organisers, whereas you are relatively unknown? A touchy subject, I know, but please let me know your thoughts and feelings on this topic, as dealing with issues at social gatherings is my main theme, not paganism (that's just the lure!). PM me if you're more comfortable.
So Dream Soul, how do you usually keep up your daily word-count? I'm gona try to write 3,000 words a day this year (like that's really gonna happen!
) and I've thought about recording my voice on my laptop (which is with me 90% of the time) so that I can listen and write up what I say later. Considering that the average woman speaks approximately 250 words per minute (source: internet
), I should have 3,000 words in 12 minutes if I don't hesitate or stop to take breath!