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Thursday, October 31, 2013


This is supposed to be a post for November, but I doubt I'll even look at this blog for the month. That is because I have been standing on the high dive of writing for a very long time, never tackling "The Novel."

I am now taking the leap, in exactly 12 hours and 23 minutes it will be November 1st. This is the start of an annual event called, NaNoWriMo which is short for "National Novel Writer's Month." It is a free competition based on a created account and the honor system, of writing 50,000 words in a month, the equivalent of roughly a 400 page  novel. I am psyched and terrified.

I have put my Iraq memoir on an extended postponement for the time-being. I am trying out a fantasy novel I have been thinking about for a while.

The main reason I am posting today, is that I recently purchased a book for $15.00 I am quite a miser and usually would never spend that much on a book. However, this is a work book to help you plan plot and write a book. It is titled, "Ready Set Novel." It is written by the creators of NaNoWriMo and has been the single biggest push in getting me writing.

Before this workbook I was lost, without a clue how to organize an entire novel. I have a much clearer picture now. If there are any people out there who have "always wanted to be an author or write a book," I highly recommend this one.

Good luck to any fellow writers out there. I will update you all when November concludes!


Zeke said...

It's now June 2014. In the month of November 2013 I "won" and completed 55,000 words! Now I'm limping along and as of today I am sitting at 76,000 words. I would like to make my goal of 85k which is the word count of a basic novel.

I encourage anyone interested in writing to get on board NaNoWriMo. It gets you off your butt and FORCES you to start writing. And it's fun!!!

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