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November: Are you Going to Write a Novel?

Updated on October 29, 2012
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Justin W. Price, AKA PDXKaraokeGuy, is a freelance writer, blogger, and award-nominated author based out of Juneau, Alaska.

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November is the month where writers every year decide to sit down and write the first draft of a novel in 30 days (this is not as insane as the annual writing a novel in three days event). It's taken me over three years to get 3/4's of the way through my novel What Happens When You Don't Know Anything , so the idea of writing a novel in a month seemed laughable to me.

But, what's a novel? 30,000 words? 60,000 words? Let's split the difference go with 45,000. That amounts to 1,500 words a day. If you're not editing and just letting the words flow, that's very doable. Remember, You're just writing a first draft. You have plenty of time to go back and edit the novel. Even if you never publish what you write, what have you lost? NOTHING! You've gained valuable experience and a strong sense of accomplishment.

So, I'm going for it. I wrote my first 12500 words today.

I was inspired years ago by a song by Steve Earle called A Week of Living Dangerously , and an idea began to form.

The novel, though obviously in it's infancy, is about a bored, married red neck in Southern Arizona who goes on a once in a lifetime adventure in Mexico and will include a scene with a Mexican jail. I look forward to seeing what happens!

If you're not doing this, it's not too late to start, if you are, let me know so I can encourage you during the moments when you want to rip your hair out!

Cheers and enjoy!

Thanks for Reading.

PDXKaraokeGuy, also known as Justin W. Price, is the managing editor at eFiction horror. Husband to Andrea, father to two dogs. fan. tattooed. He is am amateur theologian with a rabid sweet tooth. He resides in a suburb of Portland, Oregon.He has a poetry book available for Amazon Kindle, and also maintains a blog, FirstBlog. His work has been featured in the Crisis Chronicles, efiction Magazine, The Hellroaring Review, the Bellwether Review, eFiction Humor, and the Rusty Nail. Please visit his profile page for more information. Thanks!

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Way to go Against All Odds... keep us all posted!

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Always better to whisper... keeps the naysayers at bay :-)

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Mike, yo're right... but the idea of doing a long, cohesive story can be daunting. I'm not going to start a novel in November, rather, I'm going to write 1,000 words a day on my existing one. I need to get that mofo done, man!

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      againsttheodds 5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing this and reminding me of the NANOWRIMO event. I first heard about it last year when it was already under way and didn't get in. I subsequently started a novel that I didn't like and set it aside. I've got a good concept and look forward to challenging myself this November. Good luck to all who attempt this!

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      AliceFSpencer 5 years ago from Texas

      I like the ideal I want to scream all in but I'm going to whisper I'm in. Great ideal Thanks PDX

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      Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

      Cool hub bro, I started a novel a while back, and must have only gotten out about 3,000 words, but yeah bro I was thinking of taking all of my hubs here that would fit into it all, and fuse them together into a powerful novel, so yup it is doable, the funny thing is many of us have already done so as hubbers, LOL with our hub writings and don't even realize it!

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      Justin W Price 6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Cyndi- you should. Thanks for reading and glad i could enlighten you.

      North Wind- thank you very much. I don't know how many I've started but I have two very near completion. I've tried to expand some short stories into novels as well. it's quite a daunting task. makes me wonder how guys like RL Stine and ladies like Joyce Carol Oates can crank out quality novels at such a prolific pace.

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      North Wind 6 years ago from The World (for now)

      I have now seen this hub, PDX, and let ,me tell you I have started at least four different novels over four years. I have never completed one. The motivation just is not there but I have been told that I should try to complete at least one. I admit I am impressed by your spunk and hope that you do get to complete one by the end of this month. I am not so sure if that will happen with me though!

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      Cynthia B Turner 6 years ago from Georgia

      Never heard of this challenge. It sounds like a good way to get a fledgling novel off the ground. The month is half gone, so maybe half a novel is what I should go for....

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      Justin W Price 6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Jo, that's a good way to go. I'm actually not even sure if novels are the way i want to go, but I do wanna see if I can finish one. just one. Good luck with yours. You should share an excerpt or two on your HUb. I've done that with mine in my hub "An excerpt from my novel"

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      Jo_Goldsmith11 6 years ago

      I am working on two at the same time. Well, not really the *same time*. I write for each story when the mood strikes or new thoughts form. Voted this up. good luck and blessings! :)

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      Justin W Price 6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Da, I wonder that too. but, i do want the sens eof accomplishment in finishing one!

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      Don A. Hoglund 6 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      I've already got two novels started and not finished.I've concluded it is not my best mode of expression.

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      Sueswan 6 years ago

      Way to go! I am cheering you on.

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      Justin W Price 6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      thanks krazikat. I'm also putting my novel onhold to participate in NaNoWrMo. Thanks for stopping by!

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      Ophelia Madden 6 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      I am almost done with a monster novel but am putting that project on hold to do my NaNoWrMo and very excited about it! Great hub!

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      Justin W Price 6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      @ tobusiness- I'll keep u posted. Glad I could help inspire you!

      @Jacqui- I understand that. sometimes the best way to cure writer's block si just to write and write and not worry if it's any good. somethign will break loose. Also, check out a book called IN THE PALM OF YOUR HAND by Steve Kowitt. I should HUB about it.

      @Breakfast- glad I could help inspire!

      @Derdiu- four years? I'm impressed. Have you gotten anything marketable out of it? I'm finding what I'm writing isn't great, but I suppose that's the nature of unedited first drafts.

      @Alica- never say never. I feel the same way, that's WHY I'm doing this. Though, there's is something nice about being able to share a whole story through short fiction and poetry.

      Thanks you all for stoppping by!

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      Linda Crampton 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Good luck with the novel, PDXKaraokeGuy! I couldn't possible write a novel in a month, and I'm more interested in writing poems and short stories anyway. I hope you enjoy your novel writing experience!

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      Derdriu 6 years ago

      PDXKaraokeGuy: Thank you for the inspiring kick-off to NaNoWriMo, where I'm a repeat participant going on four years.

      Voted up, etc.,


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      breakfastpop 6 years ago

      You've inspired me! Good luck and enjoy the writing.

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      jacqui2011 6 years ago from Norfolk, UK

      Well done you for taking part in the challenge. At the moment, I seem to have a block. Finding up to 800 for a hub once a week seems to be my limit at the moment. I wish you well in your novel. Voted up and interesting.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 6 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Let me know when your book comes out, redneck holiday in Mexican jail, I love it already

      I have been working on a draft for a while but I don't think it will ever see the light of day, maybe i'll serialize it on hub pages, you just may have inspired me to revisit it, any way good luck with the book and check out my new hub

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      Justin W Price 6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      @As, that makes sense, but it's also amazing how writing produces spontaneous overflows of words :-)

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      asmaiftikhar 6 years ago from Pakistan

      Great hub dear.for me words are precious pearls so i don't thinks so to write unless until there is spontaneous overflow of thought.

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      lyns 6 years ago from USA

      Aah PDXKaraokeGuy, You're absolutely welcome, have a nice evening..

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      Justin W Price 6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      well, aww shucks.

      thanks for all the comments. Thanks for the info, Will, stop editing Leann or you'll never get done and thanks for the follow. I'll keep u all posted!

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      Sondra 6 years ago from Neverland

      I didn't even know about this event until I saw someone post about it on my Facebook...I'm proud of you for taking on the challenge! Your idea sounds VERY interesting :)

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      leann2800 6 years ago

      I'm working on it. I didn't quite make my daily quota today but i revised my plot outline three times and I got started. 29 days to finish it! Arrgghhhhh

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Publishers usually want a minimum of 60,000 words for a novel. More is better.

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      lyns 6 years ago from USA

      I like this great hub, well I have been working on mines a couple of years not sure if it started in November a couple of years ago, but I will pay attention my next start, lol, very interesting hub on "Writing a novel in November" Thanks for sharing voted up and interesting. Have a good one