Thursday, October 21, 2004

Yikes! It's Almost National Novel Writing Month!

I have signed up to take part in National Novel Writing Month. What is it, you may ask? I'll let the NaNoWriMo folks explain in their own words.

National Novel Writing Month is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to novel writing. Participants begin writing November 1. The goal is to write a 175-page (50,000-word) novel by midnight, November 30.

I happen to be finishing up the sixth and final draft before copy editing of my next book. (I actually made a huge attempt at getting it done in say, four or five. Ha!) So this would be a good time for me to try something new. I see this as an opportunity to force me to structure my time better and control my inner editor. (Writer talk. Forgive me.) I've had an adult book idea kicking around for some time, I've actually done two drafts of the first seven pages and kept a notebook of ideas, so I'm in good shape for this project. Plus, since I have a really poor track record at selling adult fiction, I'd only be sacrificing one month of time to this project before getting started on my next kid book.

Now, Blogger, which is the...what? software? mysterious genie?...that makes my weblog possible is getting involved with this, too. Some of their staff are going to do NaNoWriMo and they are suggesting that people blog their November manuscripts. I will have to think about that.

I have massive amounts of work to do in the next week so that I can clear the decks, as they say, for this next project.

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