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Re: The Grand 2015 National Novel Writing Month Thread
« Reply #525 on: November 29, 2015, 07:33:28 AM »
Thanks Gyppo. It would be very annoying to end 2k short of 50k!

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Re: The Grand 2015 National Novel Writing Month Thread
« Reply #526 on: November 29, 2015, 07:51:44 AM »
Come on. This is what I like to see.
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Re: The Grand 2015 National Novel Writing Month Thread
« Reply #527 on: November 29, 2015, 08:04:00 AM »

But allow yourself a few extra words, because the wordcount on your processor may not agree exactly with that used by Nano's verifier.

If you find yourself really stuck towards the end you can 'cheat' a little by adding in a character list, with brief descriptions of each (Both physical description and motivation), or a synopsis of what you remember writing.  It's all related to the story, so it can legitimately count towards the total.  You can easily find another thousand or so by doing this.

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Gyppo is very right here : I've got a few HUNDRED words difference between my wordcount and Nano's, which makes quite a difference!

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Re: The Grand 2015 National Novel Writing Month Thread
« Reply #528 on: November 29, 2015, 09:16:04 AM »
Right, I'm still short of the 50k, but I'm going to check it now… don't want to head for the wrong number!

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Re: The Grand 2015 National Novel Writing Month Thread
« Reply #529 on: November 29, 2015, 09:23:22 AM »
Phew! I've checked, and it's given me 100 words more than Word thinks I have!

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Re: The Grand 2015 National Novel Writing Month Thread
« Reply #530 on: November 29, 2015, 09:30:41 AM »
That's handy.  So when you think you're close, verify anyway.  Once you get into the last day a lot of people are verifying during the last few hours and things get a bit congested.  It would be a total bummer to have enough and then lose out just because things were too crowded.  Yes, you'd know, but you wouldn't get that little certificate to print out and pin on the wall. 

If you think you're there, check as soon as possible.  If it isn't enough, rattle off a few more words. 
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Re: The Grand 2015 National Novel Writing Month Thread
« Reply #531 on: November 29, 2015, 09:32:53 AM »
Good call Gyppo. I've got 1500 to go now: I'm really going to try and finish it tonight...

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Re: The Grand 2015 National Novel Writing Month Thread
« Reply #532 on: November 29, 2015, 09:40:00 AM »
Phew! I've checked, and it's given me 100 words more than Word thinks I have!

Word is much kinder to Nanowriters than Open Office!

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Re: The Grand 2015 National Novel Writing Month Thread
« Reply #533 on: November 29, 2015, 09:47:47 AM »
Word is much kinder to Nanowriters than Open Office!

And that is why I use Word.
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Re: The Grand 2015 National Novel Writing Month Thread
« Reply #534 on: November 29, 2015, 09:52:19 AM »
Back in the typewriter days we used to count the words physically.  Work out an average for words per line, based over a few paragraphs, then turn this into words per average page.  It was also handy to have a half page and quarter page average for a quick 'ready reckoner'.

It was surprising how accurate this could be.

Word is much kinder to Nanowriters than Open Office!

Perhaps word allows for the white space at the end of short lines of dialogue.  Which is more like 'type-fitting' than an absolute word count.  If you have a couple of pages of snappy dialogue the word count is about the same as one page of long-lined description.

Some processors count hyphenated words as one, some as two.

The longer the work the more leeway you have, plus or minus.  I remember writing magazine articles where the guidelines asked me to try and keep within ten words of the target figures, for 750 - 800 word article.  (It's not that difficult if you do it regularly and get into a mental groove.)  Novels are more forgiving.

I imagine my Jarte processor would parallel Word as it uses the same Microsoft 'engine'.

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Re: The Grand 2015 National Novel Writing Month Thread
« Reply #535 on: November 29, 2015, 10:06:51 AM »
I am so proud of all of you who have continued and are now within grasp of that grand total.

Would it help any if I mention that my son, R.L. Copple, used his NaNo wins after editing of course, turning them into published books? 

Mentioned that because some wonder if others NaNo members have books to show for their efforts. They do. Rick is just the one I know personally that have done so. There are many others out there.

I second Gyppo's advise about writing more words than you think you need to cross the line. Besides, more words are not wasted even if the vanish as you edit later.  8)
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Re: The Grand 2015 National Novel Writing Month Thread
« Reply #536 on: November 29, 2015, 10:25:52 AM »
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Some processors count hyphenated words as one, some as two.

Also I wrote in french this time, so lots of hyphens and apostrophes, it might explain the big wc difference. Nano wc based on english only I expect.

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Re: The Grand 2015 National Novel Writing Month Thread
« Reply #537 on: November 29, 2015, 01:47:22 PM »
Aha...ahaha....ahahaha...ahahahahahhahahahahahahaaaaa!
Ow. My behind hurts. I will never, never, ever, let myself fall behind ever again. Ollie, your way is much better.

Also, congrats to Rose for finishing :) And wow, Alice, novelling runs in the family, does it?
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Re: The Grand 2015 National Novel Writing Month Thread
« Reply #538 on: November 29, 2015, 02:30:22 PM »
OOOOOOOOOOOOOHHHH !!!! BRAVO BRAVO BRAVO ! HipHIp Hooray!

This is so unexpected! I thought you had disappeared in the the depth of the Internet...I did not trust you enough... I doubted....
But you did it ! :D you are wonderful! We're proud of you (plus you took time to manage your challenge 8) )

Well tonight you can sleep tight and proud.

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Re: The Grand 2015 National Novel Writing Month Thread
« Reply #539 on: November 29, 2015, 02:32:04 PM »
I disappeared into the depth of my wordprocessor  ;D
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