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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

It’s Almost That Time Again

You know, where I try to write the Great American Novel in 30 days and wind up only writing for a day or so.

But this year will be different.

I don't know if you've noticed, but this blog has seen more writing activity in the last two months or so than it has seen in all of last year. Once Obama is elected and he puts his "Internet Fairness Doctrine" into place, I won't be allowed to write political commentary anymore for fear of being sent to a "Voluntary Re-education Camp" so if I want to keep the momentum going, I'll have to switch tracks.

Hence the NaNoWriMo Challenge.

And you get to play a part, oh fearless reader. In the comments, leave me a starting sentence, a character name, a setting for a scene, and I will work all of your suggestions into the story.

50,000 words in 30 days. It should be interesting.

Oh, and I forgot to mention the really fun part. Taking a page from one of my favorite writers, Harlan Ellison, I'll be posting the story each day right here so you can follow along.

Or not.

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Thursday, November 01, 2007

Yes, Another Exercise in Futility

Like Joss Whedon pitching another series to the Fox network, I am once again attempting to complete a 50,000 word novel in 30 days.

I'm going to do it a little bit differently this time. When I wrote a short story for Blog-a-thon, the requirement to post every half hour kept me going, even when I started flagging toward the end. So I'm going to learn from that experience, and write the story real time, on line. Every day, starting today, I will write for at least one hour. Also borrowing from that experience, I need you to give me a plot, a title, a genre, or an opening line of dialog to get this thing rolling. SInce I'mshort of time, the first comment wins.

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Thursday, November 17, 2005

Crunch Time

OK, it's here; the inevitable has happened. If you've been keeping track of my numbers on the NaNoWriMo you've noticed that they haven't moved at all in a while. That means I'm behind. Actually, behind is too mild of a word. I'm deeply, catastrophically, buried under a pile of words that do not exist except in my head. I figure I have 13 days to spew out 45,000 words, and the only way for that to happen is for me to write nothing else and dedicate all my spare time to the project.

So, expect very little posting here until Dec 1. To make it up to you, I'll post at least a portion of the final product, probaby the entire first section of the book.

The only question will be whether y'all will like the book better than the silence that will precede it.

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Friday, November 04, 2005

Update on the Novel

It sucked. In fact, it sucked so bad, I junked it. Yep, the whole thing, every word I'd already written is now trash canned and I've started all over from the very beginning.

And I think it's going to be worth it.

Not only was the first one bad, and I mean really bad, it was hard as hell to write and was going very slowly. In three days, I wrote just over 2000 words. Today, after junking the original and going in a completely different direction, I reeled off 3300 words, and they don't suck!

Well, they don't suck quite as badly.

Now all I need are 9000 more words by Sunday night and I'll be back on track! Or if I completely refigure, I need 2180 words per day to hit 60,000 by the 30th, and that gives me a little cushion.


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Tuesday, November 01, 2005

And So It Begins

50,000 words in thirty days. That's what it's all about. It starts now, after midnight on Nov 1 and runs to midnight Nov 30.

My beginning:

"I went to the kind of high school were ballroom dancing was taught as a mandatory part of the phys ed program.

49,978 words to go. Wish me luck!

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