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A Winner is Me

Almost a month ago, I began the epic journey of National Novel Writing Month, where I tracked my progress on nanowrimo.org. Today, I surpassed the 50,000 word mark. So, I win! Yay, go me!

Here is my award:

Of course, this only represents me reaching the 50,000 word mark. In reality, the novel is only about 1/3 of the way finished. I still have a LOT more work to do on it. On the plus side, I have proven to myself that I -can- write novel-length works (my first attempt was a full story… and was 26,000 words. Barely a kid’s book in length and not even remotely safe for kids to read).

My impressions of the nano experience:

People start off enthusiastic. We go to meetings called write-ins with other authors (I hosted one every Tuesday in November myself), but as the month goes on, interest flags.

And no wonder. It is November. In the US (where I live), we have Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Christmas Shopping, guests coming over for dinner, cooking, cleaning, and a thousand other things to do. Somehow, showing up and writing in a cafe somewhere with a bunch of strangers seems to find it’s way to the back of the to-do list every time.

With the holiday season beginning in earnest, and Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanza/Whatever just around the corner, November strikes me a really bad choice for the month to do this. Hey Congress, if you’re reading this, consider switching National Novel Writing Month to a month with no holidays, like August. Sure, you lose the alliteration, but that’s not generally considered good writing anyways.

To all my other fellow NaNo writers, I hope you made your word counts and even more than that, I hope this inspired in you a sense of accomplishment and a sense that you CAN do it.  Best of luck, and good writing.

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November Update Update

Yes, there are two ‘updates’ up there. This is an update to the November update, if you will.

As mentioned earlier, I’m participating in the National Novel Writing Month challenge from NaNoWriMo.org.

I have decided to allow folks a sneak peek behind the curtain of novel writing in a month by tracking my output here. Each time I update my word count on NaNoWriMo.org, I will also post those words here on the DWE — November page.

Note, however, that this is a novel I intend to publish some day, so it won’t stay  up there forever. In fact, it will only slightly outlast the NaNoWriMo challenge itself.

Yes, on December 1, 2011, that page is coming down. So if you want to see how a novel shapes itself during creation, check back daily and enjoy the adventures of Alice.

 

Thanks, and good writing!

-Mike

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