I’m writing a novel.

nanowrimo pencil runnerSo, you’re preparing for one of your biggest shows of the year…a show that really makes you think because you have to make jewelry and that is not your strong suit.  You have two book deals working on the table and are expected to submit an article for a magazine, soon, you think.   And it just so happens that the kids are needing doctor appointments for immunizations, dental check-ups, swimming and karate classes.  Oh, and that pesky (sorry dad) Veteran’s Day holiday is coming up where you will lose another day in the studio because schools are closed.  (Wouldn’t it be better to keep the kids in school and teach them about Veteran’s Day and what it means?)

If you’re not hyperventilating along with me already, you probably still get the point.  I don’t have enough time in my day!  Who does?  Are the days getting shorter because of global warming?  I think so.  Where is that paper bag?  So, what do I do in this instance?

Commit to write a novel this month.

Yes, one whole novel.  In 30 days.  50,000 words.  In 30 days.

This month.  Now.

It’s National Novel Writing month.  NaNoWriMo.  It’s fun to say.  I’ve pointed to it before (not sure if I did it here). But I’m doing it and I’m kind of cheating for my first year.  I’m not working with plot and character development and all of that.  I’m purging ideas that have been rattling around in my head for the last ten years since I moved 1700 miles away from my hometown.

I used to half-joke with my step-son that some day I’m going to write a book called “Divorce Sucks.”  An adult perspective of what it was like growing up with divorced/remarried parents…in a family that was actually amicable.  It wasn’t ugly but for a kid, it still sucked.

Sounds uplifting, huh?  And I’m sure the title is a big no-no in a publishers eyes.  Not that it would ever get published anyway.  Not that I’d ever submit it.  But think about it…who would want to be caught on the train in their morning commute reading a book called “Divorce Sucks”?  Maybe if I put some cartoony pictures on it so it looks more fictional.  Or maybe someday I’ll write it more fictionally.

Anyway, that’s where I’ve been and what I’ve been doing.  I’m at about 10,000 words.  Timing is great.  What else should I take on?

Oh, and I wanted to let you know that this process, whether I’m cheating or not, is giving me some really good stories from my younger years that I’ll be writing about over on Gal Lori.  Surf over and maybe even subscribe because it’s gonna be a fun ride.  You won’t want to miss meeting Grandma Bianucci.  (that’s my more wacky site…where this should probably go).

Ok, too much caffeine this morning, after having been off of it for a couple months.  Can you tell?  🙂  Hey, I needed to get some things done today!

Who else is doing it?  How are you doing?  Deanna?

3 thoughts on “I’m writing a novel.

  1. I was wondering if you were keeping up. I lost a day, my computer died,,so as of last night I was slightly behind at 7000 words. My writing is usually done at night when I am done with everything else. I am slowing making it up. Mine is an actual fictional novel…character development and all. It’s work , but I am enjoying it!

  2. Good for you Deanna! This month is one of my biggest shows that falls over two weekends and six days so like I said, I’m cheating this year by writing what I know. I didn’t know if I’d have time to create the whole plot and stuff. Next year I will prepare better. I have a couple ideas and can’t decide on them.

    I wondered if you were going to to it Susan. 🙂 I sounded like something you’d like to do.

    Keep it going!

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