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November 10, 2002

6,186 words

I know, piddly for you folks for whom writing comes as easily as breathing. But if I'm gonna plaster NaNoWriMo's sticker on my site, I had to get cracking. My first late night for the cause: got going around midnight last night to get to around 3,000 - I stumbled into bed by 3 am. Wrote up a storm earlier this afternoon when I should've been working on stuff for school. It's complete drivel, I've already resorted to finding and replacing all my contractions (for example "Isn't this fun?" becomes "Is not this fun?" but that's not a sentence in my novel because nothing fun is going on right now for me or the characters). Also in desperation I've quoted a song lyric and started on my Acknowledgments. Lastly, I just bought one of the T-shirts, so if I'm going to take any pride in wearing it, I must slog on.

I haven't had a chance to listen to it yet but NPR just aired a segment about NaNoWriMo. I'm going to my first meeting of fellow writers tomorrow night, which I think will be good for inspiration, or at least commiseration, because I know I'm not the only one here on the isle of madness. Won't be able to stay too long because I'll still have the train ride home, but that will be a good opportunity to continue with the writing. And now I'd better get cracking, because even blogging is time not spent on the Way-Beyond-Not-So-Great-Never-to-Be-Published-Let-Alone-Viewed-By-People-I-Know-American Novel.

And for your information, this post is exactly 267 words.

Yours, &c., LC | 05:11 PM | Writing & Language