Wednesday, October 26, 2005


I just signed up to write a novel in November, which is National Novel Writing Month. (NaNoWriMo)

30 days to complete 50,000 words.

This means that my output has to increase by approximately four times my average speed on the previous novel. And this time, I'm starting out flat footed, without the notebooks full of observations I had built up for the first novel.*

It's a little like signing up to run a marathon without having done the practice runs. Very scary, likely to be painful, and nigh impossible to complete.

*Admittedly, I could, if I were feeling soft, pick up the characters I used in the previous novel for a sequel. But that feels like cheating.

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