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Baby, Coal me one more time - Writing Post

Pacts. promts, word wars and the like go here!

Pledge: Finish a Fic Before Nov 1

(Anonymous) 2016-10-12 08:18 pm (UTC)(link)
Who's in?

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(Anonymous) 2016-10-12 11:06 pm (UTC)(link)
I have ToT fic to write, so I'll definitely be getting that done before November 1st... does that count?

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(Anonymous) 2016-10-13 12:44 am (UTC)(link)
150 words into my assignment

(Anonymous) 2016-10-13 01:19 am (UTC)(link)
*raises pom-poms*

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Who does Coal appreciate?
Goooo writer!!!

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Anyone up for sprints?

(Anonymous) 2016-10-13 02:24 pm (UTC)(link)
I'm thinking tonight/tomorrow night/this weekend

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(Anonymous) 2016-10-13 02:42 pm (UTC)(link)
I would be, coalie - what time UTC is evening for you?

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Quoting directly from canon?

(Anonymous) 2016-10-14 04:39 am (UTC)(link)
Opinions on quoting a segment of dialogue directly from canon? I wound up doing backstory fic, and the obvious end scene is partially in the canon. I would, of course, modify the rest of the scene, but is it okay to use the 50 words of dialogue?

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(Anonymous) 2016-10-14 07:27 am (UTC)(link)
yes

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Finished a Fic!

(Anonymous) 2016-10-14 07:28 pm (UTC)(link)
Just a short one, mind you (1400 words)! Now gonna have to figure out chat again so I can find a beta for my tiny fandom...

and maybe turn my attention back to my assignment which is currently at about 7,000 words and probably will go at least to 10k :|

(Anonymous) 2016-10-17 03:53 am (UTC)(link)
I finally got started writing this evening, I'm about 600 words in and I'm still in the very beginning of the fic. The OTP haven't even met yet, what the fuck am I doing?

(Anonymous) 2016-10-17 01:23 pm (UTC)(link)
This is always how my fics seem to go. I start writing what is intended to be short and sweet, and then what comes out is a novel.

words per day average?

(Anonymous) 2016-10-17 10:53 am (UTC)(link)
I'm averaging over 500 words per day so far! Hopefully I can keep it up. How are you all doing?

Re: words per day average?

(Anonymous) 2016-10-18 02:11 am (UTC)(link)
0 actual story words written, but I did outline it today. Progress!

Word count pact!

(Anonymous) 2016-10-17 11:15 pm (UTC)(link)
Make yours here

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(Anonymous) 2016-10-19 04:48 am (UTC)(link)
I swear to write a minimum of 250 words per day!

Three treats down!

(Anonymous) 2016-10-20 01:40 pm (UTC)(link)
See also: assignment? what assignment? (I'll start it tonight.)

One of these is barely over a 1,000 because it's a weird little piece, so I'm absolutely waiting for the last possible moment to upload it so there's no chance of the person getting it as their main gift. The other two are around 8,000 and 3,500 words--not longfic, but not bad.

Re: Three treats down!

(Anonymous) 2016-10-20 04:40 pm (UTC)(link)
Awesome, coalie!

Just curious, but what is the definition of longfic if ~8k doesn't fill it? 10k+?

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Procrastination Self-Flagellation Thread

(Anonymous) 2016-10-24 07:20 am (UTC)(link)
Post here to confess your procrastination techniques.

Mine is browsing for treat prompts and watching fan videos for the fandom I'm supposed to be writing for.

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(Anonymous) 2016-10-24 04:13 pm (UTC)(link)
"Warming up" by adding to old drawerfic. AKA spending all day writing old drawerfic instead of my assignment.

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if writing's a marathon i just too a face-first dive into the gravel

(Anonymous) 2016-10-24 06:02 pm (UTC)(link)
You know how it is...you get 2/3 of the way through a fic, and it's goin' smooth, and then for some reason it's that last 1/3 that's the hardest to write.

Basically, I've written all the good bits I wanted to write, and now I have to figure out how to write about ~3k of not-fun bits to make it cohesive. Anyone got any tips on how to stay motivated and get through this?

Re: if writing's a marathon i just too a face-first dive into the gravel

(Anonymous) 2016-10-25 03:41 pm (UTC)(link)
I had to do that with a 14,000 worder once. I eventually just took my laptop to my fav cafe and forced myself to write until closing time on as many evenings as I could. Since there was nothing else to do (I deliberately did NOT find out the WIFI password) I would get so much more done. Helped that I paid for tea, so I felt obligated to make the money worth it.

Also used the library for this purpose. No tea, but better if you're on a tight budget.

Word Sprint! Right now! Me vs. Me and anyone else who wants to

(Anonymous) 2016-10-27 11:48 pm (UTC)(link)
YO I need to write and stop driving myself up the wall with inaction. Here I go! I'm writing now! I will update with wordcounts periodically. Feel free to join if you like.

I don't know if there needs to be a time limit, but if there does... 90 minutes from right now. And... GO

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(Anonymous) 2016-10-27 11:49 pm (UTC)(link)
1 word! This is already going great.

Gearing up for All-Request-Mas

(Anonymous) 2016-11-01 06:53 am (UTC)(link)
Who's ready to see all treats revealed and then hit the ground running?

Writing Goals

(Anonymous) 2016-11-04 08:14 am (UTC)(link)
Keep yourself accountable! How many stories are you planning on writing this YT?

I'm hoping to get at least 4 treats done this year.

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(Anonymous) 2016-11-05 12:04 pm (UTC)(link)
I'm hoping to write 1-2 stories for my recip, and at least 3-4 treats for other people.

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Writing sprints anyone?

(Anonymous) 2016-11-11 11:05 pm (UTC)(link)
Comment to say you're going to write for a length of time, and then do it.

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20 minutes starting now!

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Sunday writing!

(Anonymous) 2016-11-13 09:12 pm (UTC)(link)
Today I am writing, coal! I took myself to a coffee shop near my apartment with my laptop and have been writing for the last 1.5 hours.

As of now, I have 1408 words! I think this is going to work out to be a five scene story. I have two scenes fully written, two started, and then a final scene that I haven't started at all. It'll likely wind up somewhere around the 2000-2500 word mark.

I'm going to be here for a little while longer if anyone else is writing and wants encouragement! :)

Re: Sunday writing!

(Anonymous) 2016-11-13 10:16 pm (UTC)(link)
Hooray for you! :)

Today I'm going to send something off to beta, and work on a roleplay project offsite. If I'm really feeling ambitious I'll work on a treat for Star Wars rarepairs, maybe. (I didn't sign up for that so I could focus on more Yuletide treating, haha.)

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Opinions on names of characters without them?

(Anonymous) 2016-11-15 02:36 am (UTC)(link)
I'm writing a fic involving a video game character whose name is picked off a list by the player - e.g. you can name them John, Dave, Rose, or Jade, but only those. There is no canon-est choice - they also have a descriptive name (e.g. The Train Driver), and that's what all the official stuff calls them. I also requested this character, and mentioned my preferred name for them in my letter. The fic has moved in a direction where I think it would be best to use their real name. Can I use my preferred name, or should I pick the first one on the list, or what?

Re: Opinions on names of characters without them?

(Anonymous) 2016-11-15 06:52 am (UTC)(link)
If your recip has a specific preference listed in your letter, go with that.

If there's no specific preference, do what you want.

(If you're feeling extra generous you can al do research on their bookmarks to see if there's a preference....buuut I'm of the opinion that if it matters so much to them they should put it in Optional Details or the Dear Author letter.)

Word sprint!!

(Anonymous) 2016-11-17 10:41 pm (UTC)(link)
Hi, my fellow Yuletiders!

Anyone want to join me for a word sprint? I'm going to write for the next hour. It's all tricksy dialogue in my fic ATM! I'll post my progress below. Please feel free to join me. I am Midnight Oil in the writing postsm though it's been a while since I've commented. C:

I'm starting with 1,125 words. Let's see if I can make it to 2k!!

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(Anonymous) 2016-11-17 11:19 pm (UTC)(link)
SA: Halfway point, 1,312 words! Slow and steady will get me there. C:

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Report progress, week ending 27 November

(Anonymous) 2016-11-23 10:53 pm (UTC)(link)
Pipe up on this thread if you're writing this week/weekend.

Happy Thanksgiving to those who celebrate it.

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I'd be over the moon if I could end the week with 2 treat drafts written.

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It's a word war!

(Anonymous) 2016-11-29 02:37 am (UTC)(link)
Starting at 2:45am GMT. Fifteen minutes to begin with!

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(Anonymous) 2016-11-29 02:38 am (UTC)(link)
...I meant 30. Whoops. AUSPICIOUS START, SELF

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Word war, again!

(Anonymous) 2016-12-05 05:23 am (UTC)(link)
I have only a little bit before I have to go to bed, so it's a weekend-ending word war! Here we go:

* 15 minutes starting at 25 past the hour (ending at xx:40).

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(Anonymous) 2016-12-05 05:24 am (UTC)(link)
I'm starting off with 3524. GO!

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Finish-a-Fic Weekend

(Anonymous) 2016-12-10 03:06 pm (UTC)(link)
Who's with me?

I'm starting with a title, a concept, and a cat lying on one of my arms. Time to power up!

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(Anonymous) 2016-12-10 03:22 pm (UTC)(link)
Me! If I'm going to write more treats than I did last year, I've got to finish at least one this weekend. *rolls up sleeves*

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*screech*

(Anonymous) 2016-12-12 11:23 am (UTC)(link)
Over 13,000 words and I'm still writing like a beast. Why can't the end arrive already?!? Cutting it this close to the deadline is making me anxious.

Re: *screech*

(Anonymous) 2016-12-14 04:52 pm (UTC)(link)
A) That sounds amazing, and B) remember, it doesn't have to be perfect by the deadline, just posted! You can always add scenes and make edits afterward, if you need to.

Finish-a-fic weekend, crunch time edition!

(Anonymous) 2016-12-16 08:42 pm (UTC)(link)
This time, it's for real.

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(Anonymous) 2016-12-16 08:50 pm (UTC)(link)
INDEED IT IS, COALIE.

Finished one fic last weekend, and I've been working away on another during the week. So if I can finish #2 and start (or even also finish???) #3, that would be excellent.

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How many words during my flight?

(Anonymous) 2016-12-17 02:08 am (UTC)(link)
I have a stupid long flight, how many words do you think I can write? I currently have 190 words on a pinch hit.

I'll either but Internet and check in or let you know when I land.

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Write some words, coalie! Any words at all! You can always edit them later.

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