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biast | by maryann johanson

I’m doing National Novel Writing Month!

National Novel Writing Month — though it’s really international — is an event to spur writers to just get going already on that novel they’ve been dreaming of writing. Getting seriously into fiction is something I’ve been thinking about for a long while, and I finally figured I would give myself this kick in the ass. The idea is to start and finish a 50,000-word novel entirely in the month of November. The rules are not, of course, hard and fast, and some writers “cheat” by spending the month working on a project that was already in progress, or they do a lot of preparation (like plotting or research) beforehand. I’m doing NaNoWriMo “pure”: I have only the vaguest idea of plot, character, and setting, so I’m winging it. It’s exciting, and also terrifying.

My book is tentatively entitled The Righteous Guild Conspiracy, and it’s a Dan Brown–style mystery adventure set on a human-inhabited planet that is not Earth. If it ends up as anything readable, I will of course make it available to you all.

(This writing project shouldn’t impact my criticism work here much. I basically don’t get anything done unless I have way too much to do.)

I’ll stick a widget in the sidebar that’ll note my progress during the month, mostly to shame myself into meeting the 50,000-word goal. At the moment I’m only at 288 words, but that does mean that I’ve actually started. Hooray!

Wish me luck…


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  • amanohyo

    Cool! Just keep grinding, even on the days you don’t feel like writing. If you get on it early every morning when your brain is fresh, you’ll make good progress. On tough mornings, it sometimes help to jump ahead to a scene that you’ve been looking forward to. Also, in this era of constant distraction, it’s almost mandatory to establish a strict no-internet, no-phone, time slot. Good luck!

  • Dent

    Sounds cool. Good luck.

  • Anna

    Good luck! What do you mean by Dan Brown-style?

  • Danielm80

    To me, the title sounds like the book you’d get if Dan Brown teamed up with Arthur Conan Doyle.

  • RogerBW

    Good-oh – hope it works well.

  • You’ll have to wait and see!

  • dkimmel

    Just sent the manuscript for my third novel off to my publisher. The trick — if you want to call it that — is to just keep writing, eagerly waiting to discover (just like any reader) what happens next. Don’t look back now. Keep going to the end and only then should you start the revising/rewriting. Good luck!

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