Bookverse

Is it poetry? Part of a song?  A euphemism?
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Bookverse

Concept in writing describing the entirety of the known and unknown parts of the universe/multi-verse in a book or series of books.

 

Is there really a need for a new descriptive?

I think so. While “setting” is a pretty decent descriptive, it carries with it some connections to role playing. Which while some books has it (choose your own adventure books and such) you might not find that in a book.

 

Why Bookverse?

Universe does not fit the profile as there are books that contain many worlds, that exist in the same place or in different times.

Multi-verse doesn’t quite cut it, as some books only describe one universe. Multi-verse could be used to describe only one universe though, so it makes sense to use multi-verse over universe.

Setting is used to describe a place, and a set of rules that apply to that place. This is the closest I have found to a good descriptive. Widely used in the role playing world.

20 Days, 100 000 words NaNoWriMo report

I just verified my novel with National Novel Writing Month and they told me I am a

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I knew when starting NaNoWriMo that I would be a winner. It was not that I was ambitious. It was that I started out with a lot of data.

I KNEW that in the last two months, I had written 72013 words. Statistics make life more boring. However they do wonders for motivation.

That is what I learned from NaNoWriMo. What my previous track record showed me was that I would not only be guaranteed a NaNoWriMo victory. I could go further.

Which is what I did day 3. The third of November I decided to go for 100 000 words as my national novel writing month goal. I was inspired by two of my NaNo buddies, Jason Cantrell, and tiakall.

Their rapid progress made me think it possible to go for 100k. It was exciting. And a little bit scary. Could I do that? “Yep.” That’s the statistician within me. “Easy” my inner writer told me.

As writing got on, the first week went by, I’d caught up to my own par. The second week, I wrote a little more than 3334 words a day (4000), this pushed me ahead of the par.

The end of second week, I was challenged by one of my Facebook friends to write 10 000 words. So I wrote 11 000. This made me see an interesting thing. If I wrote 7400 words a day, I would reach 100k by the date you can validate!

7400 words a day, was split up into two 3.3k words 1 hour sessions.  That doesn’t exactly make up 7400, in fact it doesn’t equate that at all! That said, my “week” went by as following: 4166, 6465, 6731, 7904, 6969

Total 32,235. Why write slightly above my daily minimum (4k) the first day? That day was a hard day to write. I had just written 11 thousand words in a day. It was a hard day to continue writing, but I did nonetheless.

Will I continue writing on my NaNoWriMo novel? Yeah, there are a few things I need to set up to make sure the novel is ready to go. (I need an ending that makes people want to read more, and I have one in mind)

Would I continue working on the novel? Yes, there are 43k words (Last 7 days, I was using Ilys.com, which is an ultra-minimalistic writing site.. Which spiked my WPM, however introduced 4-8% typoes…) I also need to make the story actually work. I had a story planned out. I had some setbacks (for the characters), and some issues the characters would work through.

However I felt things went too easy on them. Sure, the main character had a couple of mental breakdowns. But they were mostly outside his control. And he worked through them quickly to get back to the real world. As he did, he gained great powers. I have the sense that I have to get rid of some of that power. On the plus side, I am trying to write it as if we are reading his journals which is an interesting exercise.

This will tie up with another novel I am planning to write. Where the Main Character picks up this guys Journals and turns to a page at random. No, I do not at all want so fleshed out a bookverse that I can literally pick up the journals of important characters in the past and excerpt pieces in later books… (Yes, that was sarcasm. I do want this, which makes this NaNoWriMo more for the exercise of chunking up my writing into pieces called novels.)

Moral of the story? If you want to be able to write 100k+ words in 20 days you have to have some sort of plan. It can be as easy as a setting, some interesting characters and a zombie apocalypse, but I prefer something grander, something so huge, that it would take many 100k+ books to describe just a small skim of the possible stories.

National Novel Writing Month Week Two

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That crazy thing I mentioned last week? Still doing it. This week I wrote a total of 34 THOUSAND words. Yeah, I nearly finished a NaNoWriMo just this week. I think next year I will have to finish one novel project each week. Or maybe I will be doing crazy things like single-day novels. It’s been done before. I don’t know yet.

The thing that annoys me is that they are still sitting in my adaptation-folder, I’ve started writing at the speed of 47 WPM. At that speed I have to settle with getting 90% of the words right. That said, it’s still a lot of corrections. Some places I even forget what the spacebar is for. Let me show you the worst example I found of the spacebar being missing.

This was the first day I tried out the website called ilys.com it is what bumped me from ~36 words per minute to 46-48 words per minute. (It forces me to finish my word count, which I for some stupid reason set to 5500 before it allows me to edit!)

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Date  |  Words  |  Minutes  | WPM

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What happened? I discovered ilys.com

 

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Ilys.com is a website with an ultra-minimalistic view on writing. 1: Select wished for word-count (I go for 5500, which I can reasonably reach in 2 hours)

Then write. All you see is this one letter. That one letter is what you have to regret. All your regrets are lain out in that one letter. Why? Because you don’t get to fix your faults before you have finished written your 5500 words.

Why is this great? There is this thing, you might have experienced it. A slightly highly DISTURBING voice in the back of your mind… “No, you can’t write that, you have to write it like this”, “Nothing is spelled slelling, it’s spelled selling”, “No, don’t put that comma there. Put it over here in stead! See, much better”

I HAVE. I wrote in an earlier blog post about blocking out disturbances. This “editor” is one of those disturbances. Will my texts have more faults? Yep, as I showed you above, they will.

Want to see how ~12k words look to me?

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82th day for me today, of Jeff Goins’ “My 500 Words” our total count today ends up at

139954 words

How does that NaNoWriMo chart look?

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Today felt a lot different than other days, I completed a challenge offered by Linzé Brandon over at the “My 500 Goes to NaNo”-group on facebook. It’s a sort of private group for people participating in both My 500 and NaNoWriMo. It’s been a blast! I’m out.

Pizza allures. I might even upload the pizza to my twitter!

 

 

National Novel Writing Month week One

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Hi, I’ve been doing something crazy these last 10 days.  I’ve subjected myself to the stress of agreeing to write a novel in November.

Now, Full disclosure. I’ve been writing for the last 77 days. That’s every day for two and a half month. What started my writing journey was Jeff Goins’ “My 500 Words” which I was shown through his webinar “4 Steps to a daily writing habit“…

That’s 109169 words. Now, two of those days aren’t counted, but they’re without times, so I don’t care as much about them.

Anyways, enough about the combined writing experience. Time to talk about my experience with NaNoWriMo.

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So yeah, what happened at day 3? You see… I thought about continuing towards 50 000 words… However after my first month of My 500, I decided to level up my experience, and added “Target Words Next Day” it’ll take the average, add 250, and round to the nearest 500.

It grew to 1500 the 17/10/2014 So I kept a word count 1500 or above all of the time. This means 14 days of 1500, deciding that 1500 was too low because 1667 is the goal, I decided to go for 2000 a day.

Day 3, I was inspired by Jason Cantrell and Tiakall to go for 100k, 2000 didn’t feel like a challenge at all. So, 3334 words a day, right? No. I set the goal for 4000 per day.

My average writing speed during nanowrimo is 35.21, this means that it takes me about two hours to write the daily 4k words.

So far, NaNoWriMo hasn’t been much different from regular days, aside from doubling my needed daily word-count, it’s fine. My desktop is a rather supportive setup, so the places I am stressed is my fingers, and the brain. (gotta have something happen, right?)

I find it a bit interesting that most of the marketing devised for the people participating in nanowrimo misses the mark on me :3 (I’m currently writing in my bookverse, which to be frank can be called epic)

 

I don’t have that much to say really.

GIT (the source code revision system) – Pt 1/2

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I made a composite post detailing the tools I use when writing. I found that the post might intimidate some, so I’ve decided to split it into two posts so that I do not scare people.

This will be the GIT part, for those of you that are interested in the more advanced tools I use. I apologize if you feel like this is only copy-pasting (It’s true though)

I’ve been a writer for some time. Though I’ve never actually thought of “programmer” as a writer.

This is where I get one of my most favoured tools. GIT. It’s a revision system, which is meant for coders. It is meant to keep track of all the changes multiple coders do. And to let them revise their code while at all manner of places in the world. This is something it does magnificently. It has a bit of a learning curve to “un-initiated” folks. It took me some time to grasp it. With the help of Tortoise-GIT, a guide, and some patience I learned to use it.

GIT sort of laid there, I tried using it to keep track of my Scrivener projects, but scrivener apparently manages it’s sources strangely (read in .rtf-documents in stead of the vastly superior .html document standard) Anyways, GIT was confused.

So I let GIT stay away from my writing projects. Then I stopped using scrivener. Don’t know what stopped me from using it. I’m definitely going back, when I have to edit something. To me it wasn’t as much a writing tool as an organizing tool.

Now, to the meat of the cool things the toolset I use today can do. I write something with Q10, save it to my folder. Then right click, opening up a context menu in that folder. Then press commit. After that, you get another dialog. In which I press push. What this does is send the files to a service (in my case) called bitbucket.Context sensitive dialogCommit dialog (shows changes)Dialog you get after a commit is successfulDialog that comes before pushing to the serverHistory dialog (shows every commit, local to the machine you are working on)

What they do is host what is called code repositories. A repository of code usually, but what then happens is that I can sync it to my laptop. Which I can bring everywhere.

Bitbucket display of pushed commits

Distractionless writing – Pt 2/2

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What is the best way to get things done?

Reduce distractions. 

I wrote a composite post, containing the tools I use for my craft. I later realized that the post might intimidate people who had no interest for the GIT source code revision tool.

Thus in this post I rip the writing tools away from the GIT tool. (hopefully to relieve some distractions ;))

I’d discovered Q10 before, a writing program for windows by the Spanish writer Joaquín Bernal. It’s a distraction-less writing program, it deals in one filetype. UTF8 .txt-files. Which is great, allows me to write in my native language using strange contraptions like å, ø, and æ. Beside not wanting to sully my writing with Norwegian, I find that a nice feature.Q10

Another program that I had my eyes on during a similar writing-bout period was Writemonkey, which lends a few ideas from (or to) Q10, it has a less wide writing field (estetically) than Q10, but it certainly also lets distractions go away.WritemonkeyI ended up using Q10 for longer writing sessions, Writemonkey starts up in a SCRATCH-document. Which feels more fleety than Q10s “I’ll put you right back in with the document you were writing on” way.

Q10 works in only one mode. FULLSCREEN. With Writemonkey  you can press escape, and it’ll be a smaller window.

That’s the end of our copypasta.

Distractions

The very worst obstacle to productivity is distractions. Werther it’s an email, facebook popup, or your mom calling. It’s making you not work. Minimizing distractions works because logically you can actually work when uninterrupted.

For this reason alone I picked Q10 over Writemonkey. Q10 grabs your attention and shoves it into writing.

The next thing I take care of is audio.  An enclosed headset, with soothing lyric-less rythms, either http://www.upbeatapp.com/g/Electronic/hot or https://soundcloud.com/flicflac

Both of those work well for me. I’m not saying they’re perfect, but they’re awesome. And they work for me. (which is the main reason I work with those)