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November 26, 2002

33,971 words

I haven't been staying up late on a regular basis or writing for more than two hours at a time. I'm taking this exercise mostly seriously - there are tongue-in-cheek discussion threads at the NaNoWriMo boards about how to pad your word count and I'm guilty of some techniques. Scott asks me if I'm enjoying this because all I seem to mention is the word count - well, I'd rather not talk about the book itself - it really is a pile of dreck that needs reworking (more like total rewrite). But I haven't gone back and made edits - I just ramble at the keyboard, typos and all. I have stuck only vaguely to my original, now seemingly lucid outline. I find it interesting that as I try to write a certain point in what there is of the plot, that I end up suddenly throwing in a detail that gives me a new idea for where to take the story. I'm at the point where I'm becoming a little obsessed, maybe because the end is in sight and I haven't resorted to too many tricks - most of the dreck is actually of my own creation. I realize it's really quite liberating to run away on the keyboard. I can always go back and rewrite something - I just have to write it first.

I'll spill this much about the novel: it's gratuitous chick lit, set in a major metropolitan city - New York, say. There's a heroine, she has a best friend; there will be romantic travails but she will win the boy in the end and manage only just a little humiliation during a drunken night of karaoke.

Yours, &c., LC | 12:47 AM | | Comments (1)


i think that a llama would be a good character for your novel. hell, i think a llama would be a good character in every novel.

Posted by: marco at November 26, 2002 04:14 PM