October 31st, 2006


Always the temptation ...

It's coming up on NaNoWriMo - the National Novel Writing Month, which always sings a siren song to that long-smothered writer that I used to be. The object of the exercise is (fairly obviously) to actually write a novel over the course of a month (the month in question currently being November 2006).

So, I have to ask myself: "What would this entail?" ... according to the rules, the target length is 50,000 words ... which would work out to being somewhere around 75 pages of 1"-margin 12pt-type Word text (1000 words running in the 1½-page range). When writing it will typically take me about an hour a page, depending on how "in flow" I am with what I'm spewing. So, I would have to figure about 1-2 hours per 1,000 words, or 50 to 100 hours all told. November has 30 days, so this would require an hour and a half per day at minimum, ranging up to three and a half hours per day, depending on how badly I got slogged into writers block.

So, I have to further have to ask myself the classic question: "Do I feel lucky? Well, do ya, punk?"

On the plus side "BTRIPP" has not been previously registered. On the minus side, to quote Truman Capote quoting Dorothy Parker: "I hate writing; I love having written!" ... and I know that I will beat myself up terribly if I start this and fail. However, I have so wanted to get back into writing ... and this is just the sort of external pressure that might make it happen (a deadline with a check attached would be better, but, hey).

Oh, what to do, what to do ... whimper, whimper, whine.

Ack. Oh, well, if I start in on this all-too-Quixotic task, I'm sure you'll be hearing about it here.

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