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National Novel Writing Month

Is anyone here participating in the National Novel Writing Month? (As you know Bob, the idea is to write 50,000 new words of a novel in November... a daring concept.)

I'm really tempted to try it out, because I have a novel idea that needs kick-starting. 50,000 words seem like a long shot, but if I could write just half of that in November I'd still be a happy camper.

I'll probably be signing up, but I wanted to hear if anyone here has experience with it? Any stories to share? Any successes? Fellow daredevils?


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jakobdrud
Oct. 19th, 2009 01:39 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Aliette. You make it sound like a worthwhile experience. Fruitful, even, since you managed to sell that novel (which I still think is way cool!)

I've been planning ahead on this story as well, and I have a prologue and two chapters that I can't "use" towards the 50,000 words. I don't know if that's cheating, but it's the novel I want to write, so I'll just do it anyway :-)

As to writing speed vs. family, I have two kids who won't let me sit alone for too long, so my guess is I'll just write what I have time for, but with a funny sort of deadline.
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jakobdrud
Oct. 19th, 2009 02:08 pm (UTC)
Good luck on entering, then!
justin_pilon
Oct. 19th, 2009 01:50 pm (UTC)
That's madness! Not this year, but nice to hear it worked for Aliette though!
jakobdrud
Oct. 19th, 2009 02:08 pm (UTC)
Oh yes, it feels like The Charge of the Light Brigade :-) But sometimes the words 'writer' and 'sanity' don't go hand in hand.
jongibbs
Oct. 19th, 2009 02:53 pm (UTC)
I think it's a great idea, but I write too slowly to take part.

Good luck to those who do though :)
jakobdrud
Oct. 19th, 2009 06:31 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Btw. I write too slowly too, but I'll try it anyway.
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