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Ku: Mountain Over Wind: Work on What has Been Spoiled 
20th-Nov-2006 10:05 pm
escher drawing hands
I was planning on giving up on NaNoWriMo today, since I've written 5,000 words in 20 days. But then I got an idea.

When I signed up, most of the things I wanted to write were not novels (including musing about the word count algorithm and a 50,000 identifier program). I picked an idea with a guiding structure, but my heart wasn't really in it. It was a novel I could write to prove I could, but it wasn't what I really wanted to write.

So with ten days left, I did what a good project manager would do. Shelve the floundering Borges-inspired project and start fresh on something better structured to writing 5,000 words a day.

The I Ching provides eight convenient characters: Heaven, Earth, Thunder, Wind, Water, Fire, Mountain, and Lake. It also provides context for all sixty four possible combinations of those characters. If I write 64 short stories of 782 words, I hit the magical mark. And I think writing eight short pieces a day is more manageable than writing 45,000 words of a novel in ten days. Plus I can "cheat" by starting each "chapter" with the translated text for each hexagram.

It's time for I. Wish me Chin.

Update: 963 words in an hour and a half; only 76 from cheating. If I can keep that pace up for the balance of the month, I win.
Comments 
21st-Nov-2006 05:56 am (UTC) - Wow.
That's brilliant!
23rd-Nov-2006 12:34 am (UTC) - Re: Wow.
This is beyond awesome. Worldnamer pointed me in this direction, and I'm so glad he did. This is really inspiring.

I've linked to your post from the Daily Pep Talk thread in the Colorodo::Boulder forum. You may find the rest of the troops coming in and telling you how much you rock.

23rd-Nov-2006 03:37 am (UTC) - Re: Wow.
Anonymous
Yep, I'm one of the Boulder writers who saw the link.

WAY cool! I love the I Ching.

In fact, now that I'm writing and thinking at the same time. (Oh my...) I just realized that my main character *has* to consult oracles!!! Why didn't I think of that?

See, my story is just a fictionalized memoir that I haven't finished as memoir yet, although I figure I will eventually do both. (See www.annojohnson.wordpress.com if you're interested)

THANK YOU!!!

Stacy
aka anastacia42
23rd-Nov-2006 03:39 am (UTC) - Re: Wow.
Anonymous
Errata: http://annojohnson.wordpress.com Sorry!
21st-Nov-2006 08:09 am (UTC)
I got a couple thousand words in today. It's all crapola, but at least I am writing. Now for the sleeping.
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