Thinking About National Novel Writing Month

November is National Novel Writing Month. It's when you try to write a novel (50,000 words) over the course of a single month. I'm thinking of participating this year. You can do it officially, which looks like it might be fun, or you can do it on your own, relatively unheralded.

But I have a problem. Even though I think of ideas in my mind, they always seem…lame…to me when I start to write them. So, I'm trying to decide if I should bite the bullet. I mean, I've always wanted to write a novel (I've started several since I was in 5th grade), but I always run out of steam. And I write nonfiction mostly, so I also run out of creativity.

If I sign up for National Novel Writing Month, though, I will have an impetus to “just do it.” And maybe if it's lame, I can tweak it later. The idea is to just get it done, right?

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  1. I say go for it. What’s the worst thing that can happen? Nobody ever writes a novel in one month and it’s perfect at the end. Go ahead and write it, and then go back and edit later whatever you need to. Sheesh, I can’t even imagine sitting down and writing that much in one month, but if you can, more power to you! :o)

  2. I think it would be a great idea for you to write a novel. You should write a pre-apocalyptic thriller about a presidential candidate who rigged the election by using government officials to intimidate and scare potential voters of his opposition. Once in office the president will use lies and deception to start a war in the Middle East in an attempt to rule that part of the world. Along the way this apocalyptic president has people secretly followed and arrested not allowing them due process. He will fill the courts only with those who believed he has been appointed president by God and ignore the American Constitution. This president will do all of this because long ago he believes that God called him to help bring the Rapture and return of Christ. But in order for Christ to return, this president knows, that Armageddon has to happen first.

    Wait a minute…that sounds more like nonfiction; well never mind I guess I don’t have any good novel ideas.

    Good luck with the novel, if you need some help here are some books that might offer some good advice.

    How to write a damn good novel / by Washburn, Mark
    LibraryMerrill-Cazier books, 3rd floor southwest PN3365.W37 1987 (Checked out until Oct. 8)

    The complete idiot’s guide to writing a novel / by Monteleone, Thomas F.
    InTech Collegiate High School General Books PN3365 .M665 2004

    How to write and sell your first novel / by Collier, Oscar
    LibraryMerrill-Cazier books, 3rd floor southwest PN3365.C64 1990

  3. Thanks Doreen!

    I’ve actually thought of it alvord. And any good Armageddon story needs the political adviser/aide who is really the Anti-Christ…

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