November: Are you Going to Write a Novel?
Here's a sample from my Novel that's been four years in the making:
- A Selection from my Novel
My novel, "What Happens When You don't Know Anything." Is nearly complete. Here's a selection from it.
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!