I have a rough outline, already posted. I always keep the non-written part of the current chapter's outline in the file I'm editing. Every editing session begins with a new file, with the naming convention of day-of-month.file-in-day.txt, both numbers padded out to two digits so that they will sort correctly. When I close out an editing session, I put the parts of the outline that are yet to be written in the next file, so I always start form a non-blank file, which is important for morale, but I never have to see what I've written, so I have no temptation to edit. Of course, I use nvi as my editor.
So far I only word-warred once (I came out second out of three with 650 words/15 minutes) and I did it using cat > newfile.txt,
with the intention of moving it to a correctly numbered file. That worked wonderfully for writing speed, which increased by
20-30% with this method, allowing me only one line of edits and then it gets commited. The word-war bit was about a religion
mac vs. ubuntu war, that will probably get cleaned up and moved to somewhere else in the novel in the future, but so far it
gained me 650 words towards my goal.
Each time, before I update my word count on nanowrimo, I zip all my files and mail them to myself on Yahoo!. This qualifies
as my backup for the day. Yahoo!'s no limit on mail means I don't care if I fill it up with mostly-duplicate zips. I add
writing buddies who have close, but hopefully above, my word count, so I will get inspired to outdo them. I added one particular
gem: this person always writes two thousands words above me when I sleep, so this ensures my 2K words for the day effortlessly.
I have one buddy with almost twice my count -- this is so I will have actual stars to strive for.
It's 1:16am localtime here, and I'm 2330 words into nanowrimo.
Not as good as I hoped, as I wanted to have 5000 done before morning, but better than strictly necessary.
Y and I were watching "Dead Like Me", and then we started discussing how most TV shows belong to the same genres:
* Superpowers -- I think there are two distinct subgenres, one person with superpowers vs. world (Smallville, Buffy, Sabrina, etc.) and "Lots of people with superpowers" (Heroes, Lost)
* Detective -- From "The Rockford Files" to "NCIS" going through some classics like "NYPD" and "Miami Vice"
* Lawyers -- LA Law, Ally McBeal, The Practice
* Doctors -- ER, House, Chicago Hope, etc.
* Space opera -- Battlestar Galactica, Star Trek, Firefly, Farscape, etc.
Every drama TV show (as in classic 45ish minute format and not a reality show) we could think of was in one of these genres ("Early Edition", e.g., is in the superpowers genre, as is Gilmore Girls [superstudent]).
Steve Austin, astronaut. A man barely alive. Gentlemen, we cannot rebuild him. We lack the technology. We have, however, a demo of the capability to build the world's first bionic man. Steve Austin will seem like that man.To all appearances, better than he was before. As far as anyone will know, better, stronger, faster.