Because I had no time to kill, I decided that this would be the year when I commit myself fully to writing a novel in one month. Just because renovations, children and a full time job just didn’t seem challenging enough. (I am kidding, for those of you who do not always get me special sense of humour) I know I am probably shooting myself in the foot here, but I really want to do this. It is the second day and I am loving the freedom of just putting words on paper without looking back, without fixing the myriad typos, without caring if it is good or not. It is a very liberating process which will probably result in the shittiest first draft ever known to humanity, but hey, there you go- we all need to distinguis ourselves, even if it is in a dubious way. So, the postings on this blog will probably be few and far between this month, as I will be devoting myself to the voices in my head.
5 thoughts on “National Novel Writing Month”
Go go go! That is awesome!
I am confused. (as usual.) I thought first drafts were supposed to be all typos and grammarily fucked and a general mess. Which is why I think all that older (18, 17, 16th century) stuff is so hard to read – no time for multiple revisions or editorial input, just cram some stuff on some very expensive paper and get it out there.>>I unfortunately don’t understand the whole vague community thing about everyone gathering together but not together to do something so ultimately solitary. >>However, I admire your dedication to the vague uncommunity community effort. This is probably why you have more friends than I do, as “joining” things gives me hives.
Can your novel involve spies?>>And monkeys?>>Perhaps monkey spies that spy on secret evil doers?>>Fuck it. That’s my novel. Don’t be writing about my stuff.>>But do put in at least a monkey.
Yes, french panic, I think you are right about first drafts. Unfortunately, I am way too anal to usually allow mistakes and way too linear to start a writing project without a plan. Which is why I suck as a writer. Right now I just need some outside constraint to get over my analness and just start pounding away at my laptop. And I just need to write. I don’t know if you have noticed, but the last few montsh have not been the best of of times for me- namely meaning I do not have the infratstrucutre in place to be able to write daily. Which means I haven’t been writing. And the longer I stay away from the blank page, the harder those blank pages are to fill unless I just start writing. The comunity effort is kind of fun though. I have two writing buddies and, just as you like to check your blog stats, I like to see what their word count is…>And Pamplemousse, of course there will be spies and monkeys. Maybe even monkey spies. Every good novel has monkey spies voyons donc.
just to be clear. I do not LIKE to check my blog stats. I am COMPELLED to check my blog stats because it is a sickness that I cannot recover from, and it is causing me all sorts of terrible griefs but I cannot stop.>>I recognize that I have a problem, but how to stop… I haven’t reached that stage yet.