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Saturday, October 21, 2006


Music I'm listening to: Riding on the Metro—Berlin.

For those of you who haven't heard of National Novel Writing Month (and there are fewer of you each year, since NaNo's growing), heads up! Here's your chance to bash out 50,000 words in a month and prove (especially to yourself) that you CAN write a lot and do it fast. You'll never be the same again. NaNo is fun, scary, and a lot of work—and when you hit 50K, it's all worthwhile. Do yourself a favor and check it out.

I signed up and succeeded in 2005, but won't be joining in this year. I'm completing and polishing a manuscript I've already been working on for several months. (With NaNo, you're supposed to begin a brand new work.) But I'll be cheering all of you on as I go through my own deadline hell. :)

If you sign up for NaNo, Chris Baty's No Plot? No Problem!: A Low-Stress, High-Velocity Guide to Writing a Novel in 30 Days is a useful companion book.

BTW, Karen Wiesner's First Draft In 30 Days: A Novel Writer's System for Building a Complete and Cohesive Manuscript is also a handy guide for jump-starting your novel—BUT the "first draft" of her title is really an extended outline, and probably wouldn't count by NaNo rules. That's your own business, though.

Either way, get ready for a productive November.

Are you ready?


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