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1K, Every Day 2330

#Event

Good evening, my fellow a/fic/ionados.

With tentative weariness, I bring you my own malformed brainchild. “1K, Every Day” is an endeavor to produce consistent and cohesive prose. The main thing is quite simple:

Write one-thousand words everyday.

The minutiae are far more dubious, however. It is of import that the produce displayed in this thread be of decent quality, and that there be some semblance of purport among the drivel. In my own attempt, I will be following several complex and arcane rules, which I will refrain from reproducing here in full. A few noteworthy ones, however, are that (1) I’m working from a character list of thirty pre-selected characters, (2) the majority of entries will be in first person, and (3) what I write about each day will be determined by numbers produced from random.org's whitenoise-based random number generator.

Characterization is one of the principle tenants of enjoyable fiction. This exercise is designed to develop skills in characterization, good writing habits, and an ability to think on one’s feet, as it were. This is by no means an exclusive exercise. In fact, I have made it public not only for my own benefit but also that of others—that they might also desire to participate.

Now, I don’t expect anyone to participate with me, nor do I expect someone who does wish to participate to follow the rules and formulae I have set for myself. But if you wish, you can post your own gorrowful crap alongside mine, as about anything is allowed which does not break site rules (do note, however, that this is a non-mature thread). Any wordcount, any consistency, and any subject matter.

I will start my own adventure at a pre-determined date (which I’ve yet to bother to look up), and I will edit this OP with more information as it becomes available.

Edit: My own escapade is set for Saturday, December 22, 2012. Anyone who wishes to can start any time they wish to, but here is the catch:

You must set your own rules.

And the only real enforcement for those rules will be your own conscience. But you don't want to let yourself down, do you?

[end of edit]

Godspeed, all, and good night.

Yes, I did post this slightly prematurely, but it’s because OCD made 12-12-12 very signifigant, and if I didn’t post this now, it wouldn’t be the same.

And, yes, Caesar is one of my pre-selected characters.
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2332

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>12-12-12
>Posted 13 Dec 05:56 UTC


I'll commit to writing 1,000 words a day, but I can't in any way guarantee them to "be of decent quality".

2333

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>>2332
>UTC
It'll always be the wrong day somewhere, so I'd say being an American in CDT is a legitimate defense in this case.

Oh, and don't worry about the coherency. Those rules are for me; the only ones you have to abide by personally are the site-wide rules. (though, I don't see posting "gaylord" copied one-thousand times as being productive or helpful, and I might be liable to reporting it for spam) Use your common sense, is all I can say.
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2334

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I probably do need a fire lit under my flank to actually get something done; so I'm in, too.

Here's my self imposed rules:
>I must read at least one chapter of prose fiction everyday.
>I must write everyday. I'm too lazy to do the math for word counts, so I'm not going to bother keeping an exact total and outlining counts.
>I realize that I need to get serious in terms of reviewing, so I'm gonna critique everything that gets posted here, trying my best to not make any jokes and be as clear as possible.
>And I must finish the first draft of my original story (of which I only have the outline of the first act written) before the end of the school year.

That last one I probably won't continue to post about here after the thread hits auto-sage, but I'd appreciate it if y'all kept asking me about it occasionally. Yes, it is a lesbian romance.

Soundslikeponies!bQsJPGMNfw 2340

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I already write 1k words a day

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I'll jump in, though I can't promise more than 500. They'll likely all be going toward Glitched, though, so maybe I'll just stick a link of my total work up here each day. Free advertising, I s'pose?

2345

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>>2340
We're a wizard-free club.

>>2334
>>2344
Sounds fine to me. Whatever you want! It is a personal endeavor, after all.
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2349

Probably my most productive stretches have been when I commit to 1k per day and just make it happen. I'm in, but I'm counting non-fiction words too, hehe.

2359

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Well, I'm off to a miserable start. I only did a little editing and the only thing I read was for a review.

Tomorrow's another day, I guess.

Demetrius!WDFBcC5x22 2361

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>>2359
I also had other things to do, and it got too late. Now I'm sleepy and have work in the morning.

Tomorrow evening I'll have a brew, listen to Pink Floyd and write 3k to make up for today and yesterday (or at the very least, write for three hours). I'm making progress with my story and certainly don't want to stagnate.
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>>2361
Woah, fella! Don't get too worked up. It hasn't really officially "started" yet.

To wit: please, don't overload yourself. When I take on too much at one time, I have a tendency to procrastinate till Oblivion.\


Ah, and I edited to OP, too! I'll be starting my endeavor on the 22nd (chosen randomly from between the 17th and 24th (not including the 18th).

2368

First day (I'm starting now because I can), and I got my 1k. Phew.

'Twas a 60–40 fiction–non-fiction spread helped along by the catchy tunes of the new Two Door Cinema Club album.

Used Focus Writer on Ubuntu, a full-screen writing program that records how far you are to a daily goal and has one-button straight to smart quote conversion. I recommend it, it's a good program.
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Demetrius!WDFBcC5x22 2383

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>>2368
sudo apt-get install focuswriter

Oh man, it's themeable (arbitrary text/background color and font size!), is fullscreen by default, and ultra simple/pragmatic.

Fuckin' swag.

Thank you very much for the recommendation.

2384

>>2383
Neat.

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Still just editing today. Though at the rate I'm going Chasing Clouds should be ready for EqD by the 22nd.
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Demetrius!WDFBcC5x22 2387

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I got about a thousand words done, but it has been three hours and I'm le tired, so I'm going to read a story about dragons and winter coming and sleep. Altogether pleased with the outcome.

Ezn!RAopYJNHZ6 2393

Woo, 1k again today, same 60-40 split. Thanks to If These Trees Could Talk for kickin' post rock.

And now for sleep.

Azusa!fG2qnvpWXU 2411

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*sigh* Well, at least I read something today. Two Nights in Hoofington, which was hilarious by the way.

But after the spectacular disappointment of The Hobbit movie I was definitely not in the mood to get any writing or editing done.

Ezn!RAopYJNHZ6 2425

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Another day, another 1k. Wrote some original fiction for a change.

Today's neat writing thingamajig is http://750words.com — a site that's all about writing 750 words per day. It's not specifically aimed at fiction writers, but it's got some interesting features like a points system and a words-per-minute spread graph. It even analyses your writing for certain themes and concerns, and gives your passage a content rating (I got PG).

You can never have enough silly little things to inspire you to write more.

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>>2425

Most excellent! I will look into this website. It looks quite promising.

Azusa!fG2qnvpWXU 2505

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Great day today! I read the prologue and the first chapter of Mistborn and I finished editing Chasing Clouds and just in time for everypony who saw Cloudchaser in the new episode to read it though I should probably give it a once over tomorrow before submitting it to EqD.

>Looks at Clock.

>4:00 AM
Whelp, time for bed.

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>>2425
>site

Ezn!RAopYJNHZ6 2515

1k achieved. Little bit of original stuff, little bit of fanfiction, little bit of some other junk. I'm gonna try for a bit more than 1k tomorrow.

2540

All right, today I read Two Beats by Nicknack and he reviewed Chasing Clouds to which I edited a little.

Hmm, maybe I should go to bed…

Ezn!RAopYJNHZ6 2549

Well, even between social excursions and reading a whole bunch of ponyfic, I managed to reach 1120 words (of original fiction) today, so I'll carry my extra goal over to tomorrow and see if I can't go for a bit more again.

TESTING Hercules!doseuxbE3s 2564

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This is a test of the Emergency Broadcast System. Do not be alarmed. This is just a test. Should a real emergency occur, citizens are advised to flap their arms like a bird and run around the streets like idiots.

In other words, this is a TEST of my thing-a-ma-bob. It's also midnight. Again. Midnight happens a lot around here, apparently. Who knew?

IN OTHER NEWS. I have done the system and checked the thing-a-bob in the who's-a-what's-it and pulled it all together into something.

If you are prone to seizures, hemorrhagic liver, eyeball strain, LUS high blood pressure, glaucoma, PURE RAGE, or colon-clenching at the slightest offense to STORY, CHARACTER, or GRAMMAR/MECHANICS in any form or fashion, please look away now. Preferably, you'll be running. Running far, far away.

Hm… I think that's sufficient warning.

What I did today:
Y’see that pony right there? ya, that’s me. Not much of a looker, eh? I guess it’d be kind of ovbious: I’m not that important. Heck, I can’t even get a decent picture of myself around these parts. Eh, id on’t patter that much anyway—I’ve got things to do, places to be, all that stuff. ANd maybe a little more. So, you might be ascing yourself, for someone such unimportnat as me, why do anything, eh? Well, I’ll tell you why: everypony’s importnat. Every Celestia-be-damned one. That’s what I beleive, anyway. Heck, I’ll thak that to my grave and back again.

Maybe that’s just me deluding myself. Maybe I’m a nobody and I’ll stay a nobody. Maybe the world won’t change and maybe itll just be the same as it was yesterday, even after I die. So be it. At least I tried. Well, tri. Give it a bit of time. It might not be these children, it might not be their children, it might not be ther grandchildren. We’ll get there eventually. We a lways do.
\
What am I talk ing about anyway? Ah, yes! Of course, the children. Now, I must admit, there is something which has entertained my couriousity to no end, ant that thing is children. Moreover, and also, there is a pecular tradition among the folk of Canterlot to have their christaning exactly three months after birth, and to have their child stay in their house for another month, and another month, and another month. Oh, they have visitors, on the occasion. Mostly it’s just well-wishers, that kind of thing.

AFeter their first year, they can come out. That’s how it goes, y’know? Gives me the willies, that does. I have a habit of asking them what does go on in them houses in them months. The parents yusually give me a funny look. Doesn’t matter much, though. trhe children alre always nice nuff.

It was one day late last October that my iquires led to a few… shall we say, unexpected results.

I was tending the garden of SIr de Fluffy Wuffles when, out of the blue, some old hag pucnhed me squar e in the gut.

“Get the hell away from th— our children, you frackle-smacked, spiffity ruffsack!”

Alarmed, and in pain, and on the ground, I looked up at her.

“The buck is wrong with you, woman?” Noting my lingual faux pas, I turned my fance to the dirt. “What do you want!? I ain’t harmed nobody, m’aam.”

As if this had come from the mouth of a haeinous beast in her mind, she harumfed away. Left degecticed, conmfused, and generally all-about pined, I stood up.

That hurt.

My immediate reaction, then, aws of course to head to the nearest mantion and inquire the mistress there why the names of lanskas or, rather, in it, there were maurading mares picking up brawls with unsuspecting and law-abiding bystandards.

That particular didn’t recieve many answers, so I huffled to the next house, and the next house, and the next house. ‘Twasint the best of plans, no, but eventually I was presented so some for m of an answer.

In madame Lis’s house, the ubutler told me that there had been a threat agtainst Chillworthy’s dearest and nearest and (interesting enough) youngest daugher. Someone wanted to kill her.

Now, I see the logic in assuming that the guy who likes kids is going to go on a rampage and start murdering little fillies for no reason, I get it—

Er, well, maybe not. And especially not the logic behind assaulting said guy unprovoddk.

So it was.

Now, the most interesting particular of all—my!—was the fact that this un known assailent was giong to go about murdering this child by stealing them away in the night, while they slept, and living behind a changeling. A changeling! What a novelty. And I was punched for it.

C’est la vie.

Now, should I look into this rationally, it is really quite chilling. There would be little way to tell if that very creature was indeed reall at all. Ughblugh. Just the gthought is enough to maki me want to run.

I never did hear the end of that particualr story… I guess it ended well enough. I’m still alive, eh?

Though, actually, I did find out later why they kept the children in those so many months. An old legend, regarding some runes and maybe a god or two. Cant remember oall of it today. Maybe another time, thjen.


Now, a few rules that I followed:

I swiped a no-backsies rule from Ion's thread (the opening scenes one, iirc), so I was unable to correct mistakes I made. ONLY FORWARD, NO BACKWARD. (This rule is subject to change during the real thing.)

2. No closing FocusWriter until it was ALL DONE.

3. This one had a 750 word limit, so it's just a wee bit shorter than the ones that I'll be doing for the real contest.

4. A character, a personality, and a theme were chosen by a random roll from random.org's random integer generator. I'm still working on fixing these particular mechanics.

5. I'm posting this here—in full—not just because I'm a masochist. Rather, it's a genuine attempt to use pubic exposure to increase the likelihood that I'll writer better as time goes on. We'll see how that works out.

Hopefully it will for the better.

And that's all!

Good night and good dreams,
-Dolfeus Doseux
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Azusa!fG2qnvpWXU 2567

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Disclaimer: This is for me to improve my editorial skills. I really don't expect you to make any of these changes. Please feel free to challenge any of it.

My review of >>2564
Wow, this is clunky. It seems to me that it'd be quicker in the long run to fix mistakes when they're made if you notice them. But that's just my opinion, so I'll try to ignore any of the really obvious errors.

>Moreover, and also, there is a pecular tradition among the folk of Canterlot to have their christaning exactly three months after birth, and to have their child stay in their house for another month, and another month, and another month. Oh, they have visitors, on the occasion. Mostly it’s just well-wishers, that kind of thing.

This is kinda confusing. Whose house are they staying at?

>Alarmed, and in pain,

Tell

>Left degecticed, conmfused, and generally all-about pined,

Assuming that these words are what I think they are. Tell

>My immediate reaction, then, aws of course to head to the nearest mantion and inquire the mistress there why the names of lanskas or, rather, in it, there were maurading mares picking up brawls with unsuspecting and law-abiding bystandards.

Err, do you mean go to the police? Or the hospital? That's what one usually does when assaulted.

>In madame Lis’s house, the ubutler told me that there had been a threat agtainst Chillworthy’s dearest and nearest and (interesting enough) youngest daugher. Someone wanted to kill her.

They're telling you this, why exactly? Maybe if you showed the scene it would be more believable. Like, they resist at first, but then you somehow persuade them. How? I dunno. *shrugs*

>Dat ending

Ehh… YouHercules kinda just gave up. You really like children, so I really can't believe that you'd just go home and clean your wounds without the intention to go looking for the culprit later. I know that you're short on time, so maybe if the culprit bonked you on the head after you left and then you had a fought when you came to. It seems like it was going somewhere very interesting.


Edit: Oh, I forgot to mention. I read chapter two of Mistborn and I edited Chasing Clouds a little. I hope to be finished with it before the end of tomorrow today.
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Ezn!RAopYJNHZ6 2628

Okay, yeah, I took yesterday off. I'm going to say it was taking a page from On Writing and only doing the 1k thing six days a week for starters, but it's really more that other stuff was distracting. Today I had this massive TVTropes binge that took me from Gravity Falls to this MLP parody trollfic thing: http://www.fimfiction.net/story/7983/ with far too many pages in between.

But I wrote just 1300 words of various things this last hour or so, so I'm happy. I'm trying to really pump the words out and turn off my filter as a way of encouraging myself to do more rigorous self-editing — if I really know there are some clunkers of sentences in my drafts that need editing, I'll be more compelled to actually do a proper, thorough job of it.

Ezn!RAopYJNHZ6 2650

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1320 words of poniponiponi today, woo! I might still write a bit more, but I guess I'll include that in tomorrow's wordcount or something.

Unless, y'know, there is no tomorrow.

Demetrius!WDFBcC5x22 2674

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Ezn, you're an inspiration. Seeing you continually write all fast and productive and stuff…

As for me, I'm trying my best not to fall into the one-part-write-three-parts-edit pattern and have thus far succeeded, though not having much spare time hasn't helped. Only got about 6850 words total.

2677

Yesterday I read http://www.fimfiction.net/story/30944/happy-birthday-to-you

I wrote a little, but other than nonsense for 750 words, I ended up backtracking over it.

2681

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I've been managing to write 750+ words consistently for the past week! I'm up to ~6000 words in the past six days alone—Glitched, Ch. 2 is at a whopping 15k!

Ezn, I think I love you (and that site)

Ezn!RAopYJNHZ6 2710

>>2674
>>2681
Happy to help!

So I skipped yesterday 'cause I got caught up reading The Door to Summer (it's terrible how I've read so little Heinlein). But I wrote 2k words today to make up for it.

And also I helped make muffins. Delicious.

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So, I screwed up yesterday. I only got two hundred words written and ended up reading Homestuck till five o'clock in the morning. Ya, not the best decision I've ever made.

This comic is far too addicting. >_>

Maybe I'll make it up by splurging on reviews all over the place; I don't even know.

2719

>>2714
You cannot hope to beat Homestuck in addiction-off. It is simply the best there is.

It's hard writing ponywords. It's hard and nobody understands.

HOW DO YOU EXPECT TO WRITE WHEN I AM ALREADY HERE?

ssh only dreams now

Demetrius!WDFBcC5x22 2738

File: 1356328197272.png (1.45 MB, 1920x1080, FocusWriter is frickin awesome…)

>>2719
ssh: Could not resolve hostname only: Name or service not known

Also, it goes without saying: I haven't entered the compulsive edit phase on my latest wordbarf just yet, so pic is just unedited crud. I did manage to get roughly another 2k done since yesterday, though.
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Ezn!RAopYJNHZ6 2761

Only wrote 500 words today, but that's what happens when you holiday and also when you binge on Eljunbyro.

The difference is today you can read my ridiculous draft: http://www.fimfiction.net/blog/104510/insomnishy

And here's something Warren Ellis (Transmetropolitan plus other comic stuff) has to say about writer's block: http://warrenellis.tumblr.com/post/36824382607/sir-let-me-start-by-saying-you-are-awesome-thank-you It's a technique I've found works for me.

Tactical!fRainBOoMw 2775

>>2738

After seeing this post, I went and googled up FocusWriter, and it's friggin' awesome. Thanks for that.

Azusa!fG2qnvpWXU 2776

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Okay, so I finally got around to starting The Lord of the Rings… and so far I've read a little of the prologue before skipping ahead to part four.

Last night I realized that if I'm going to write a story that takes place in Cloudsdale, then I should probably rewatch Sonic Rainboom, but Netflix instant is down and I'd prefer not to pirate it if I can help it. So no writing today.
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>>2776
>Not using youtube

Ezn!RAopYJNHZ6 2789

1080 words today, and a lot of ponyfic read. Bing Bang Zam is a fun story about Flim and Flam representing themselves in a court case, Growing Up is a Spike gets older story and tell done well, Three Wishes looks like it's gonna be a fun adventure, To Change a Heart is Descy's heartfelt portrayal of relationships that would just be too weird/creepy in other hands (plus awesome history of Equestria/worldbuilding stuff), and Chris's The Fall of Discord is an alliterative poem framed as a translation of an old epic by "T. Sparkle", complete with translation notes. This fandom never ceases to amaze me.

Hope everyone had a great Christmas!

Ezn!RAopYJNHZ6 2813

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Another day, another 1k.

If you don't already know about it, check out Thirty Minute Pony Stories at http://thirtyminuteponies.tumblr.com for daily writing prompts. They're often shipping-orientated, but also usually vague enough that you can get away with all kinds of tomfoolery.
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Demetrius!WDFBcC5x22 2854

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Today and yesterday I finished proofreading Nick's retake of Summer Days and the story I claimed in TTG, so I had time to get down to writing. I ended up overhauling a chapter, but it wasn't all editing. There was a net gain of around 1k. Yay!
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Demetrius!WDFBcC5x22 2896

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Hey, does anyone know of a better way of turning markdown into BBCode than first making it HTML and then turning it into BBCode, or the "markdown-to-bbcode" one on Github that's written in Scala and encapsulated in a jar file (what is this I don't even)? I've been writing my story in the sexily unobtrusive and semantic shorthand of markdown. I've been using a lot of <em>'s, so manual formatting may be a pain, so I'm shopping around for easy ways of making it FiMFiction-ready.

Got 1300 more done today, and now the story's at 11,359. I think I'm finally satisfied with the latest chapter.

Pic totally unrelated.
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2897

>>2896
Go into the markdown parser that you're using and change the replacements.

I haven't gotten around to doing that since I only ever use un-wrapped paragraphs with bold/italics/scene breaks, which can be done with three easy substitutions.


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