Changing course, relighting the fire

I was going to devote this blog post to a depressed, stressed-out, mewling self-examination of where I am on my personal writing journey. Then I remembered that nothing drives people out of the room in a hurried, awkward silence like mewling self-examination of personal writing journeys.

Instead, I'll simply note that I'll be doing NaNoWriMo this year. You can find me here: http://nanowrimo.org/participants/tony-noland. My intent is to kick-start my next book by knocking out the first draft of 50K. November is always a difficult month for me, but I suddenly find that an entire week has opened up.

My schedule for the last part of November was full of fun, social travel stuff that would have absolutely precluded writing. To do NaNoWriMo would have meant a rigid 2K per day (or more), with an early finish by Nov 25. Now, my schedule is packed with long, lonely stretches in airplanes, airports and hotels. I'll be like George Clooney in "Up in the Air", but without the good looks or complicated girlfriend.

But at the end of it, I'll have the draft for my next book.

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10 comments:

  1. Another way books are "my baby" in so many ways: post-partum depression. :-P

    I think a WIP is a fine substitute for a complicated girlfriend. Both go off in random directions, they have moods, and can drive you crazy as you try not to think about them in a long boring meeting.

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    1. Post-partum depression... HA! Way true, Larry!

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  2. Go for it, Tony. I'm joining you -- I had some revelations about the book I tried to write last year and am scrapping all my work and starting fresh.

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    1. That's a hard call to make, but sometimes a clean slate is the best start.

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  3. I'm writing this month too, Tony! Best of luck. And I looooved that movie. So great.

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  4. Here's another one for NaNo this year.

    Whether "book as event" is a good thing or not, the creation, polishing, publishing of a novel is a big deal, Tony. Congrats on doing so.

    And the best thing for your previous novel? Write the next one. Which is what you're doing. Sounds like you've got this writing thing down. Now, all that's left is the doing. :)

    This is where I can be found in NaNo-land: http://nanowrimo.org/participants/kjmackey

    And this is the screen wallpaper I have on my writing computer: http://kiriska.deviantart.com/art/NaNoWriMo-2013-Calendar-405255363

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    1. Doing my best to get it all in place in my mind.

      Good luck with NaNo!

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  5. You'd bloody better keep writing or there'll be hell to pay, Mister!

    (P.S. Can we have more Grammarian?)

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    1. The book I had planned for NaNo isn't a Grammarian book, but I do have the key idea for the sequel to Verbosity's Vengeance.

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