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  1. I wrote words!Today's date: August 23, 2019Words to add: [3,518] wordsNew total: [47,980] words
  2. I have no idea what I'm going to do for NaNoWriMo yet. I normally jump between an unholy number of WIPs, but during the NaNo events, I do my best to focus on one WIP for the entire month, maybe with some breaks to edit some of the finished drafts I somehow have. For November, I also prefer to start something new, to keep with the original NaNoWriMo spirit. I'm 90% sure that's what I'm going to do this year, too, but there's also a chance that I'll actually choose one of my existing WIPs instead. What I do know is that I'm going to overachieve as much as possible this year. Since last NaNo, my writing habits have improved/changed pretty drastically thanks to joining 4TheWords, the writing rpg. I've always been a very fast writer—3-4k in a day can be a pretty comfortable range for me when I'm inspired—but I used to also be an incredibly inconsistent one. I had maybe 1-2 writing days a week, I sometimes skipped weeks, and whenever I knew I only had the time and/or the energy for like 300 words, I used to decide that in that case, there's no point in writing today at all. 4TW miraculously changed it, because now I know 300 or even 100 words mean another monster slayed, another reward gained, another step toward competing one of the quests. Gamification, apparently, works wonders on me. I still don't write every day, but I write most days, and 50K in a month isn't a totally normal writing month, but it's also definitely not the challenge it used to be. So for once, I'm heading into November feeling pretty confident that I'm going to win, unless life interferes extra-dramatically and throws something like a broken laptop and a hospital stay into the mix. Which means it's a great opportunity to discover where my limits actually are / how many words in a month it takes me to start questioning, "Why am I doing it to myself?" and maybe need a big rest from writing in December.
  3. I wrote words!Today's date: August 22, 2019Words to add: [2,234] wordsNew total: [44,462] words
  4. I wrote words!Today's date: August 21, 2019Words to add: [3,027] wordsNew total: [42,228] words
  5. I 100% agree about your points about the upgrade of software being necessary at this point. I guess I'm just bitter they picked the one forum software option I like the least out of all I've seen. I know Wattpad uses it, and that's precisely the reason why I only occasionally lurk there despite often seeing interesting discussions I would have liked to participate in in a more convenient environment. Also, my crappy old laptop hates that forum engine for some reason. I do like it that we're now going to get things like tagging users, being able to like posts, choosing forum themes, etc. But all these things are available here on Worldsmyths, too, right? We even get cool reactions instead of just likes, and I love the beautiful theme backgrounds, and there all those features not related directly to the forums... and still this forum has a certain old school feel to it. I see it, and I think, "Yup, that's a forum. Like all the forums I've ever been a part of since I started regularly using the internet in the early-ish 2000s, only now with convenient new features that make the user experience a lot more enjoyable." The Wattpad / new NaNoWriMo forum software (Discourse, I think? Is that what it's called?) just doesn't give me the same feel. But I do understand that's my personal thing and I'm probably in a very, very small minority
  6. I wrote words!Today's date: August 20, 2019Words to add: [3,109] wordsNew total: [39,201] words
  7. Well, the current NaNoWriMo site has been pretty stable for me all these long, long years, so I'm trying to be optimistic and to place my trust with the team. That said, the key word is 'trying,' because frankly I don't really like what I've seen of the new site, I'm finding it hard to not hate the new forums. But well, maybe that's just me not dealing well with change or being old-fashioned or whatever. At any rate, I still hope they manage to make this transition smooth and keep all the archived data for reference like they seem to have promised to.
  8. I wrote words!Today's date: August 19, 2019Words to add: [6,022] wordsNew total: [36,092] words
  9. From what I understand, since the site in its current form is going to be available as archive, there's pretty much no deadline when it comes to things like the buddy list. After the move, it should be possible to just open the archive version in a separate window and refer to it while sorting/adding buddies, etc. ...At least I HOPE that's how it's supposed to work.
  10. I wrote words!Today's date: August 18, 2019Words to add: [5,174] wordsNew total: [30,070] words
  11. I wrote words!Today's date: August 17, 2019Words to add: [2,761] wordsNew total: [24,896] words
  12. I had a couple of days of awful, all-consuming writer's block, but now I'm finally breaking out of it, even if just a little. What I mean is, I wrote words!Today's date: August 16, 2019Words to add: [304] wordsNew total: [22,135] words
  13. I wrote words!Today's date: August 13, 2019Words to add: [819] wordsNew total: [21,831] words
  14. I wrote words!Today's date: August 11, 2019Words to add: [617] wordsNew total: [21,012] words
  15. I wrote words!Today's date: August 10, 2019Words to add: [1,953] wordsNew total: [20,395] words (Detailed outlining counts for the purpose of this challenge, right? Because that's what over a half of today's word count is for me.)
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