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Sunday, October 25, 2009

Glory shall rain down on me and smite my procrastination

The time is finally here for me to get my butt in gear. You know all those people who talk about how they're going to write a book one day, and they have the idea, and they have a chapter and blah blah blah? Yeah, I'm one of those people.


I have officially joined the National Novel Writing Month organization. It's free and stuff, but basically you have Nov. 1 (can't start early, no cheating) until Nov. 30 to write 50,000 words on a new novel idea. It can't be a story you already started, and the word count basically boils down to 175 pages. It sounds kind of scary, but then I calculated that I actually write about 25,000 to 30,000 words each week for this job and journaling... so 50,000 over the span of a month might not be so bad.

I'm actually kidding myself. It's going to be hard because it's going to mean less Judge Judy, less Dota, less Twilight (I really wanted to re-read the series before the New Moon premiere Nov. 20) and less lazy me time. We'll see how it goes.

Also, we are supposed to sign up with local "regions" so that we have a network of other writers who are taking on this crazy task... then they can console with you and group write-ins can be set up and stuff. Basically the Ann Arbor chapter has almost 700 participants. I just think that is REALLY great. After connecting with a few of them I realized the range is extreme, because there are some high schoolers, some recently graduated kids, moms, journalists, novelists, professors, handymen, etc. Very cool.

If you are at all interested, it's not too late to join. And it's free. So check out for more details. Several people have actually turned their pieces into published works, but the main prize is finally doing what you always say you'll get around to. Good luck (to me, mostly)


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