Note: I am leaving this page up as a sort of monument to my November novel, but I have since taken down the story itself. I had my reasons for doing this, which you can read about in my journal entry on the subject. All old links to the story now lead to this page.
Welcome to my NaNoWriMo 2004 work-in-progress, The Dream Tailor. If you want to know more about how this all came to be, you can read the corresponding Journal entry—here I’m just going to go over what exactly it is I’m going to be doing during the month of November.
My goal is to write at least 2,000 words a day. If I manage to do this for each day in November, I will end up with at least 60,000 words. There will be some days, though, when it will be very difficult to meet that quota. Unless something drastic happens, though, I intend to write something each and every day, even if it is only a single paragraph. Hopefully it will all add up to over 50,000 words.
While I will of course try to write well, NaNoWriMo stresses quantity over quality. Thus, I will not be trying to edit my work. I will give each day’s writing a quick once-over to hopefully catch glaring spelling, grammatical, and/or consistency mistakes. Once a day’s writing is posted, though, I will not go back to it during November. In other words, what you see is what you get. To my proofreaders: I know that you can’t resist e-mailing about typos and other mistakes, but please try to restrain yourselves during November.
Perhaps most importantly, though, I do not know how long this story is going to end up being. I’m hoping not to reach the end before 50,000 words. On the other hand, the story may not be complete by the end of November. Once November is over, I will continue to write (hopefully at a decent pace), but I will not be posting those writings here. I’m telling you this now as a warning: please don’t be angry with me if the end of November comes around and the story isn’t over. I do not know how long it will take me to finish the story (if it is not done by the end of November), and I do not know what I will do with it when it is done. Even if I do decide to post the finished product here at Liminality, though, that will not happen until the final draft is complete, which may take some time. There. End of disclaimer. (Note: I’m actually hoping that people get angry at me, because that will mean it’s a good story and they want to read more.)
Finally, my partner-in-crime in this venture is David from sewcrates.com. On the NaNoWriMo forums, such writing buddies are called “writing enemies,” and in this spirit of competition we will be keeping a running tally of who’s ahead on a daily and total basis. You can find these two figures directly below (the script that does the comparison has to access David's server as well, thus the slight loading delay for this page). Note that these are only comparisons of our word counts; information such as daily word count, percent of goal completed, time spent writing, time spent proofreading, and a brief comment will be included at the end of each day’s writing.
Liminality wrote 2158 more words on 23 November;
Liminality leads total word count by 12359 words.