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Writing books instead of blogs


Thanks, everyone, for your comments over the past few weeks.   I know I’ve been very slow to respond to them.   This time, though, I have a better excuse than usual.

Every November, there is a writers’ challenge called National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo for short).   The goal is to write 50,000 words in 30 days.   I had taken note of this before and had even bought their official handbook No Plot? No Problem! last year.   But somehow I’d never thought I’d be equal to the challenge.

This year, I decided to take the plunge.

Years ago, I started writing a novel.   I think I actually have a beat-up floppy disk with an early draft from sometime like 1990.   I got it mostly finished and realized it was terrible, so I went back and started rewriting it and adding in all kinds of things, like, oh, an actual plot and more characters.   But Life Happened and I never actually finished the rewrite.   But after I’d chugged along for a while I realized that it wasn’t a story for one book, it was a story for a book and a sequel.   So I had a general idea of what the sequel would be.   But I’d never written a word of it because I figured it’d be a good idea to finish the first book first.

During the month of November 2009,   I wrote the sequel. Without having finished the first book.   Despite having been flattened by an attack of vertigo that kept me sidelined for nearly a week…     I finished the book, at about 53,000 words.   Of course it still needs work (that’s a given) but for the first time in my life I actually finished writing a novel.

Concentrating on that, however, took about all the writing energy I had.   So my blogs got neglected more than usual (as I’m sure my readers have noticed).   Now I’ve had time to breathe a bit, so let’s get back to talking about tattoos, why don’t we?   🙂

Tomorrow I’ll start another series on holiday gifts for multicolored people.   Stay tuned.

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