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Mesg #91446 "Labor of Love/Unfinished Business 2012"
Author zette     Click to send email to this author Click to send private message to this author Click to view this author's profile Click to add this author to your buddy list
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Date Wed Aug-29-12 04:20 PM
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Labor of Love and Unfinished Business 2012!

This Dare originally coincided with the US holiday of Labor Day. Labor Day moves around a bit on the calendar, and this year we'll run the dare from September 1 (starting at 12:00 am) to September 9 (ending at 11:59 PM). This means the Dare will cover two weekends, giving people lots of time to make their goals.

As always, there are two parts to the challenge. The participants can either start a brand new novel (Labor of Love) or work at finishing an older novel (Unfinished Business). While this dare is directed at novel writing, I also allow people writing an anthology of shorter material so they can join in as well.

Labor of Love

The material you write for this dare must be for a new story (or group of new stories), starting the first word any time after 12:00 am Saturday, September 1st. Prior to that time you can write outlines, character sheets, and whatever other background you like, but you cannot actually start the manuscript. You will have until 11:59 pm Sunday, September 9 to complete the amount you choose to do (see levels listed below).


Here are the levels at which you can enter:


Level 1 -- 10,000 words

Level 2 -- 20,000 words

Level 3 -- 30,000 words

Level 4 -- Completed manuscript of 30,000 or more words.


Unfinished Business


This challenge expands on the idea of writing a new manuscript. Why not, instead, try to finish one you have sitting around? For this dare, you have to write just as much as for the Labor of Love challenge, but the words can be on something you have already started. You cannot count any of the words written previous to the start date for the dare, even for the Completed Novel section -- you must have written 30,000 words or more during the dare to count it under the completed manuscript level.


Like the Labor of Love dare there will be the same word count levels:

Level 1 -- 10,000 words

Level 2 -- 20,000 words

Level 3 -- 30,000 words

Level 4 -- Completed manuscript of 30,000 or more words.

The Free for All Section!

This one is a general free-for-all on word count. The idea is to finish as many writing projects as you can. If you have unfinished stories, outlines, novels, or articles to see how many you can finish off in a nine day period! (You can also do poetry, but to be fair you must write at least 500 words in poetry to count it as a finished project, so if you have several unfinished poems, you might see if the muse is kind and lets you finish a few of them!)

The basic rules:

Begin writing any time after 12:00 am Saturday, September 1 and finish at 11:59 pm Sunday, September 9. You may write an outline and other background material before the starting time, but if you are going to do Labor of Love (not Unfinished Business) you can write none of the story before the starting time! Starting times are based on where you live, not the site time.

Sign up by posting to this thread with a subject that says either Labor of Love or Unfinished Business, and then start preparing for ten days of insanity!


Have fun!

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Unfinished Business, David Bridger, Aug 29th 2012, #1
Ugh, David Bridger, Sep 02nd 2012, #10
      RE: Ugh, bonniers, Sep 03rd 2012, #13
           RE: Ugh, David Bridger, Sep 03rd 2012, #18
Unfinished Business, Strigine, Aug 31st 2012, #2
139, Strigine, Sep 01st 2012, #6
      RE: 139, bonniers, Sep 03rd 2012, #14
Labor of Love Free For All - Level 1, Dreamerscove, Aug 31st 2012, #3
Day 1 - 3087 Words, Dreamerscove, Sep 01st 2012, #8
RE: Day 1 - 3087 Words, alissaameth, Sep 02nd 2012, #11
RE: Day 1 - 3087 Words, bonniers, Sep 03rd 2012, #15
Day 2 - 842 Words, Dreamerscove, Sep 03rd 2012, #12
RE: Day 2 - 842 Words, bonniers, Sep 03rd 2012, #16
Day 3 - 2270 Words, Dreamerscove, Sep 04th 2012, #22
Day 4 - 2555 words, Dreamerscove, Sep 05th 2012, #23
Day 7 - 2373 Words, Dreamerscove, Sep 08th 2012, #28
Day 8 - 4957 Words, Dreamerscove, Sep 09th 2012, #29
Bonnie, Unfinished Business, bonniers, Aug 31st 2012, #4
Saturday, some, bonniers, Sep 01st 2012, #7
oops, bonniers, Sep 06th 2012, #24
      RE: oops, Dreamerscove, Sep 06th 2012, #25
Labor of Love, First Level, zette, Aug 31st 2012, #5
Day 1: 3180, zette, Sep 01st 2012, #9
RE: Day 1: 3180, bonniers, Sep 03rd 2012, #17
Day 2: 2225 (5405 total), zette, Sep 03rd 2012, #19
RE: Day 2: 2225 (5405 total), bonniers, Sep 03rd 2012, #20
RE: Day 2: 2225 (5405 total), Dreamerscove, Sep 03rd 2012, #21
I have lost track of the days, zette, Sep 06th 2012, #26
RE: I have lost track of the days, Dreamerscove, Sep 07th 2012, #27
Final count: 17,049, zette, Sep 09th 2012, #30
      RE: Final count: 17,049, Dreamerscove, Sep 10th 2012, #31

Mesg #91447 "Unfinished Business"
Author David Bridger     Click to send email to this author Click to send private message to this author Click to view this author's profile Click to add this author to your buddy list
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Date Wed Aug-29-12 04:24 PM
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I'm in! Aiming at Level 2, 20k on my steampunk novel A Flight of Thieves.

  

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Mesg #91467 "Ugh"
Author David Bridger     Click to send email to this author Click to send private message to this author Click to view this author's profile Click to add this author to your buddy list
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Date Sun Sep-02-12 02:57 AM
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350 words early Saturday morning before I got sick. This isn't going away anytime soon so I doubt I'll make 10k this week, never mind 20. Oh, well.

Good luck, everyone!

  

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Mesg #91485 "RE: Ugh"
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Aw hugs. Hope you feel better soon.

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Mesg #91490 "RE: Ugh"
Author David Bridger     Click to send email to this author Click to send private message to this author Click to view this author's profile Click to add this author to your buddy list
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Thanks, Bonnie.

  

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Mesg #91453 "Unfinished Business"
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Aiming for Level One, probably on an SF WIP if I can figure out enough plot to get that many words in!

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Mesg #91459 "139"
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Already out the gate! Got a flea in my ear about some dialogue for a scene, figured I might as well get it down.

  

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Mesg #91486 "RE: 139"
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Nice start! Good luck getting lots more!

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Mesg #91454 "Labor of Love Free For All - Level 1"
Author Dreamerscove     Click to send email to this author Click to send private message to this author Click to view this author's profile Click to add this author to your buddy list
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Date Fri Aug-31-12 11:16 AM
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Well drat. I'm signing up even though I probably shouldn't. I have at least two short stories and one article I need to write from scratch. This would help me finish them up before the end of the month.

So, Labor of Love but doing the Free For All section as I have a variety of writing to do. Level 1 just to give myself a little bit of a break after the August Nano.

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Mesg #91463 "Day 1 - 3087 Words"
Author Dreamerscove     Click to send email to this author Click to send private message to this author Click to view this author's profile Click to add this author to your buddy list
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Date Sat Sep-01-12 10:46 PM
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3087 words and two articles finished. Yay! I didn't expect to get so far today.

Now to figure out the short stories!

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Mesg #91474 "RE: Day 1 - 3087 Words"
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Woohoo! Look at you go! Great start.

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Mesg #91487 "RE: Day 1 - 3087 Words"
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Wow, great start! Keep up the good work.

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Mesg #91481 "Day 2 - 842 Words"
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Spent most of today on publishing stuff, but still managed to get 842 words on the first short story. Just starting to get into the action, too, so I'm very pleased.

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Mesg #91488 "RE: Day 2 - 842 Words"
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Nice going!

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Mesg #91499 "Day 3 - 2270 Words"
Author Dreamerscove     Click to send email to this author Click to send private message to this author Click to view this author's profile Click to add this author to your buddy list
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Date Tue Sep-04-12 11:16 AM
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Still working away on the short story, which is now over 3k. Ran into a little problem than I need to figure out, but other than that, it's going great!

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Mesg #91501 "Day 4 - 2555 words"
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2555 new words and the short story is finished! Yay!

Grand total for "Labor of Love" so far is 8,754 words. I'm getting there!

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Mesg #91517 "Day 7 - 2373 Words"
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Finally felt well enough to start on the second short story! So far it's going well, too.

Total for Labor of Love is now 11,127, so I did make my wordcount goal! Now to just finish this short story...

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Mesg #91526 "Day 8 - 4957 Words"
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4957 and the last short story is done! 7330 words, just shy of a novelette, but it's finished! We won't discuss how late I stayed up to finish it.

Grand total for Labor of Love is 16,084. I call that a good week's work!

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Mesg #91455 "Bonnie, Unfinished Business"
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I'll be working on Unfinished Business, trying to make some progress on Whatever's in the River

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Mesg #91462 "Saturday, some"
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I was able to make some notes for future scenes during gaps in the day's activities. Word count probably about 200 words, but symbolically, it felt good

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Mesg #91503 "oops"
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I actually started a short story, which is coming along rather nicely but won't be anywhere near 10K...

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Mesg #91505 "RE: oops"
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At least the short story is going along well. That's a great thing!

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Mesg #91457 "Labor of Love, First Level"
Author zette     Click to send email to this author Click to send private message to this author Click to view this author's profile Click to add this author to your buddy list
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I may do better, but I'm not going to put the stress on doing so right now. Just want to get the next novel at least started, and this should be a good way to do it.

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Mesg #91464 "Day 1: 3180"
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Far better than I had hoped, so this is a good start.

I'm sure I'll slow up now.

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Mesg #91489 "RE: Day 1: 3180"
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Woot! I hope the whole week goes far better than you hoped!

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Mesg #91492 "Day 2: 2225 (5405 total)"
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Late posting this. Got caught up in stuff last night and just didn't get back to any of this!

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Mesg #91495 "RE: Day 2: 2225 (5405 total)"
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Nice progress. Getting words is more important than posting to a forum

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Mesg #91497 "RE: Day 2: 2225 (5405 total)"
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Yay Zette! Keep it up!

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Mesg #91507 "I have lost track of the days"
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But I am up to 12,126 words. So I've done well. Still a ways to go on the book, of course, but having fun.

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Mesg #91511 "RE: I have lost track of the days"
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I know all about losing track of the days. I did it too, but hope to get back on track today.

Congrats on the words and the book progress!

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Mesg #91533 "Final count: 17,049"
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Considering how crazy life is right now, this is a very good count!

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Mesg #91536 "RE: Final count: 17,049"
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Congrats on the great count! With all that's going on for you I'm surprised you could focus at all.

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