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Saturday, November 06, 2004

Writing a Novel in 30 days or less...

It is National Novel Writing month, so I've decided to do like Mikel and attempt to write a novel by the end of the month. If you want to know the details of this little competiton, they're here. It is supposed to be a minimum of 50,000 words, so that means I need to put down 2000 words a day, because I started late (yesterday).

I got the theme for my novel from my daughter's overnight guest, Chelsea... and the title from my son Joe. I also consulted Chelsea on a few technical points... which annoyed the hell out of Sarah (my daughter) who claimed at one point that Chelsea was writing the whole story (NOT!)

For example, I asked Chelsea if she thought I should write it in past or present tense, and whether certain characters should be male or female. Aside from that, the rest is all from my screwy head.

If you'd like to check it out, there's a link in my sidebar... as well as a link to Mikel's. You can also comment as much as you want to, and I may utilize your suggestions as I write and re-write the story.

4 comments:

Missing said...

Good luck girl. I will be reading as you post it. I've been sorting out a novel in my head now for weeks, but it won't be finished in time for the competition. I'm trying to stick to Bradbury's suggestion and write at least 1 short story a week and that's not working yet!

Sister Sunshine said...

I started on this late... so I didn't get that particular suggestion. Right now I'm just trying not to give in to my urge to scrap the whole bloody thing!

Missing said...

50,000 words isn't as much as it sounds. My nonfiction book came out to about 70,800 words (which is 175 pages or @ 110 pages in Word, mostly single spaced). Average novel is probably twice that, at least.

Sister Sunshine said...

The problem is, I picked a topic out of a hat, so to speak... and I don't have any "feelings" for it. I wish I had chosen something to write about that I actually have some real knowledge of. BTW... your website and blog are very interesting.