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Wed Dec 26, 2018 2:52 am
Some of you may be familiar with NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month, an open challenge to write 50,000 words of a novel in 30 days during the month of November. This is a relatively daunting task, but the whole point is to just get it out! Lots of people have ideas and want to write stories, but they never get around to getting them penned. As such, NaNoWriMo is about quantity over quality, where word count matters more than content or theme or plot or whatever else. Editing can always come later, but you have to write the words first!
In a similar spirit, SoSuWriMo is 'Souls Super Writing Month! Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to write 50,000 words worth of posts in 31 days from midnight EST January 1st to 11:59 pm EST January 31st. At an average of 350 words a post, that's a little less than five posts a day for thirty-one days. c:
If you intend to participate, please reply to the participants thread. For the duration of the month, keep track of your word count per post for each thread, then link each thread, and your overall total. All posts you write count, so it doesn't matter how many characters you have, it doesn't matter if you're using Preybot, and it doesn't matter if you write in LASKY. In years past, many people made use of Google Docs Spreadsheets to keep track of posts and word counts, and a tutorial on how to do so is provided in the next post.
Though NaNoWriMo champions reckless abandon in terms of quality, for SoSuWriMo, we highly encourage you to try and maintain quality while still busting out hardcore for quantity. After all, whereas novel-writing is a one-person task, roleplaying is a collaborative effort and it would be unfair for your thread partners for you to sudden skimp on quality.
All participants that manage to net 50,000 or more words during the month of January will receive the following:
Wed Dec 26, 2018 2:53 am
This tutorial is provided courtesy Marit!
The structure of the Google docs Spreadsheet user interface is quite similar to Microsoft Office's old (versions 2003 and back) solution with a toolbar of buttons and a menu bar up top.
Marking cells: Shift-clicking will mark more than one cell like with text in Word. To mark everything, hold CTRL and press A. To mark a whole row/column click on the name cell (A, B, C or 1, 2, 3) for that row/column and it will mark the whole thing.
Frozen columns or rows are rows and columns that will not move even though you scroll further than where they are originally placed. Row 1 in a new Google Docs Spreadsheet is always frozen. Try scrolling and see what happens - it is still there, even if you have really scrolled past it. This means that it is great for headers that you would like to see even if you have many, many rows of data. I put my headers in a frozen row, and also the totals cells, so I can always see them no matter where in the spreadsheet I am. I froze row 2 as well, to make room.
To freeze more than row 1: Look at row 1. To the left is a pale blue thicker part of the line, below the number "1". Click and hold, and pull it down to below "2" to freeze row 2. Similarly, if you want to freeze column 1, look for the same kind of pale blue line next to the letter "A" in row 0. Click and drag so it's on the line between the letters A and B in row 0. You've frozen column 1! You can always drag the blue line back if you change your mind, and your text and formulas will not be altered.
Remember to save! (File - Save)
Now you have your basic spreadsheet structure laid out, and you want to add the funky bits! You should add some values to your Word Count column to see that the formulas work when you are making them. Also, if you want them to work, you can't write "239 words". You'd need to write just "239".
=SUM(B:B)...and hit enter. The letter B is the name of the column which you have your words counts in, and in my spreadsheet that column is the B column. If it is the C column in your sheet, the formula should be =SUM(C:C)
=D2/50000...and hit enter. Replace "D2" with the name of the cell which counts your total for you. If that is E4, the formula should be =E4/50000
=SUM(50000-D2)...and hit enter. Replace "D2" with the name of the cell which counts your total for you. If that is E4, the formula should be =SUM(50000-E4)
Remember to save! (File - Save)