Last year I participated in (and won!) National Novel Writing Month for the first time. I wrote a 50,000 word manuscript called Awake-- a coming of age story set at the Naval Academy. It wasn't about me (okay, yeah it was).
Monday, October 27, 2008
So in four days I'm going to start writing my second manuscript. I don't know what the book will be about. I don't know where I will set it. I do know that I can't write another coming-of-age-at-Canoe-U book (nor would I want to). It might be about running....
The fact is that I won't know what I'm writing about until I sit down to write it. That's how I did it last year-- in fact, I had a pretty good idea of what I was going to write about and it changed as I started writing.
You may be wondering if you could do this. You can. You are not too busy to write the page and a half a day required to complete 50,000 words in one month. Believe me: I'm a father, I'm a runner, I go to those meetings a lot... I'm a busy guy. But like they say, if you're already doing a million things, the million and first won't make that much of a difference. So I encourage you to join me on the sordid corpse-strewn highway that is novelling. Go to http://www.nanowrimo.org to get started.