BTRIPP (btripp) wrote,
BTRIPP
btripp

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.


Visit the BTRIPP home page!



Subscribe
  • Post a new comment

    Error

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded 

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.
  • 2 comments