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National Novel Writing Month


My 2010 New Year’s resolution is in jeopardy.

Yes, I still want to write a book in 2010. But the book about Cortez, the domination of Mexico and the role of his interpreter/spy Malinali is still in the early research phase. It turns out, my high school world history class, and one semester of college level history is a woefully inadequate foundation for a serious work of historical fiction.  (Who Knew?)

Fortunately I have 3 things working for me.

1.   Next month affords me several stretches of potentially good writing time. First week, I am taking a business trip which leaves me  stretches of time in a lonely hotel. The second week, I have a vacation in New Orleans, where great writers like Anne Rice, William Faulkner, Tennessee Williams and others have written amazing things. The third week, I have Thanksgiving which gives me a few extra days off. Now, all I have to do is leverage all that time for writing.

2.   November is National Novel Writing Month. That wild and exciting time where writers creep out of their solitary dens to intermingle and beat one another into a wild, frenzied word orgy of prose proliferation.

If you’ve never heard of it. The purpose of National Novel Writing Month is to reach anyone who has a story to tell and encourage them to pledge the month of November to the telling of it. The goal is to write 50,000 words in 30 days. (actually, in literary terms, that makes the work a “novella” not a “novel.” Still, you can add a sub-plot and some back story in the revision phase and easily get that up to the full 80,000 word minimum to turn it into an honest-to-goodness novel in the re-write.) National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo for short) is also taught as part of the Young Writer’s Program in high schools and colleges across the country to encourage both the consumption and creation of literature. It’s also just plain FUN!

3.   The last thing I have going for me is: Zombies. You heard me right, zombies, rotting, staggering, moaning victims of Voodoo-gumbo-ya-ya, ZOMBIES!

Throw a zombie in a story and you have the perfect excuse for wild writing abandon! Crazy plot twists and verbose scenes of wordy mayhem, what else does a writer need to bash out 50,000 words in 30 days?  Except lots of coffee, of course.

Want to learn more about NaNoWriMo? Want to read my plot synopsis and monitor my progress? Better yet, want to join us with your own story? Click on my novel’s title banner below. It will take you to my profile page at:

Published in: on October 16, 2010 at 2:37 am  Leave a Comment  

The side effects of making dreams come true

Spring is here and I’m ½ way through my copywriting course. I am even working on my first spec assignment. (That means I write it for free and if they like it they buy it. I think they’ll like it. I just hope they like it BEST!)

      I have also finished the outline for my novel and written a 10 page synopsis. Now I’m researching history and details of the period before I start writing the first full draft. No – that’s not procrastination. (Yet) I’m still meeting my personal deadlines and am on schedule for a finished book by the end of November.

      So far my new year’s resolutions are on safe ground. But I have a problem. All this “butt in chair” writing, reading and researching has cut into my active time. Since my day job is another “butt in chair” kind of thing, said butt is getting bigger. Gulp. I’m not comfortable with this. It is time to troubleshoot the unexpected side effects of making dreams come true. No one told me writing caused augmentation of the posterior.

     Here’s my plan:

  1. Go back to Curves. A quick 30 min trip around the circuit before work will do me wonders! I don’t write before work anyway. I watch the news, update facebook and drink coffee. I think I can safely cut back on those activities.
  2. Go back to Weight Watchers. . . but NOT at the local meetings. I’m joining the on-line Weight Watchers community. That way I won’t get those nasty phone calls accusing me of stealing a scale when I actually bought serving spoons. (Don’t ask – it’s still too painful.)
  3. Now that the weather is nice, Darling Husband and I can return to our evening walks at Pickerington Ponds. We enjoy a lovely trail there that registers just under 5,000 steps on my pedometer. After I log out of  work for the evening, we go to Rita’s Ice (They even have a sugar-free ice-of-the-day.) and take our walk.

Now, if I can keep it simple, I’ll succeed. I know this about myself. The more complicated the schedule, the less likely I’ll keep it up.

Curves every work-day but Monday (That’s Darling Husband’s day off.) and a walk ever work night but Tuesday (That’s when I take my copywriting class.)

See, the complications are already jumping up. Down boy! DOWN!

Any body got a whip and a chair?

~Angela TaoDiva

Published in: on April 7, 2010 at 6:17 pm  Leave a Comment