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A Novel in a Month

Posted: June 25, 2013 in Uncategorized
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I’ve never finished a novel in a month BUT I did happen to write 50,000 words in a month.  Was it hard? Sometimes, but I like the challenge.  Each time I write all those words, I get closer to the finished draft of my story.  The one thing that I tend to do every time I take this challenge is rewrite something that I’ve already written so that I can get a better sense of what I want to put in my story and what should go.  Cramming in that many words in a month takes a bit of effort and the product may be crappy, but at least I’ve written something that gets me closer to the finished product.  I know that even though I’m never happy with the draft that I’ve written in a month, I always find myself looking back at the ideas that I came up with and incorporating them into an improved product.

I’m vaguely talking about NaNoWriMo or National Novel Writing Month that takes place during November.  It’s quite a challenge, especially if you’re working, or in school or both.  I’ve managed to finish the goal three times out of six as long as I plan before hand.  What I haven’t done was actually finish the darn thing.  

But that’s okay.  A while back I wanted to finish the novel, have it polished and ready for publishing within a year.  But as I keep reading novels from veteran authors and thinking about my plot, my characters, and the different twists and turns that I can take, I like taking time to think things through.  Summer is the perfect time for me to do just that since I’m not taking any classes (although I shouldn’t speak too soon).  

I write, not necessarily for people but mainly for myself.  Writing is the only thing that knocked me from the pull of insanity.