Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010
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Have You Started Your Novel Yet This Month?

It is time for our annual plug for National Novel Writing Month, which began yesterday, and it is not at all too late to join in! By whatever strange twist of madness, I've made my living writing (also sometimes just typing) for a few years, but before that, the first time I ever tried to do something serious with writing was for NaNoWriMo, back in its second or third year or something. Naturally the "novel" itself I was working on was a miserable failure, but it led to making friends, and getting encouragement from writers, and actually was key very directly in moving from amateur to slightly less amateur. Why not start a novel today? What do you have to lose but your cool attitude of standoffishness? (And several dozen hours, maybe some pulled-out hair, etc.)

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KarenUhOh (#19)

Election Day seems as good a day as any to tell the world a tall tale.

HiredGoons (#603)

funny enough I was walking from the subway to my apartment last night and the kid behind me was like 'so I was working on my novel…' and at first I was like 'you pretentious bastard…' but then I stopped and thought about some of the shit that comes out of MY mouth and reconsidered, and I was like 'good for you, I hope you get a book deal.'

I'm trying to do more stuff like that.

erikonymous (#3,231)

I totally do the same thing, even though I am working on a novel. On behalf of pretentious bastards everywhere, thanks for the support!

Jeff Barea (#4,298)

Much more fun to turn around suddenly like you are pointing grandly at something and swing your around accidentally smacking him in the face.

I miss NY.

garge (#736)

Email me to preorder a novel about a cripplingly dysfunctional academic library with a zany cast of characters in the vein of popular situation comedy The Office. All preordered copies come with special bonus beta blockers.

hockeymom (#143)

Have you read the one about the prison librarian? Seriously. It sounds kind of good.

garge (#736)

I haven't, but I'll look into it! Thanks for the recommendation, and I am sure I will actually be able to relate significantly (unless the prison library receives institutional respect, in which case it may be a bit foreign).

sallytomato (#549)

Does "National Trying to Finish The Novel You Started Six Years Ago Month" count?

saythatscool (#101)

Bridget Jones’ Diarrhea

saythatscool (#101)

I have already been preparing an outline epic tale of the voyage of a whaling ship and its captain who relentlessly pursues a great Sperm Whale during a journey around the world. The narrator of the novel is a sailor on the ship who undertakes the journey out of his affection for the sea.

I call it Legally Blonde 3D: Elle Travels Behind the Green Door

Kevin Patterson (#5,933)

I will read the fuck out of that book.

Smitros (#5,315)

Can I tag along with the novel I started in October of 2009?

DoctorDisaster (#1,970)

I think I'm going to work on a comic book! Now that the inconvenient "full-time employment" thing won't be getting in the way.

hman (#53)

I'm not writing anything for NANOWRIMO, but I'd like to one day get to see Nanaimo.

Smitros (#5,315)

Until then, see if you can find a Nanaimo bar. Total yum.

Joey Camire (#6,325)

I'm afraid my writing angst will manifest in some literary equivalent to Dashboard Confessional or worse.

laurel (#4,035)

Yay, NaNoWriMo. I wrote 50,000ish words of the worst thing ever during its first year. The deadline, camaraderie, research network and "No plot? No problem!" philosophy helped a lot with the horror and agony and self-loathing. 'Sfun!

Jeff Barea (#4,298)

I've decided that when I finish my three books I am going to self-publish and write nasty reviews about them so that no one ever sees them.

But at parties I'll be shameless and refer to myself as a published author. Though, technically, I think having published thousands of articles in various print publications I should still be able to use that designation.

I stopped years ago handing out printouts of my first mention in Lexus. I think they are ashamed of me too because they have stopped highlighting my work in favor of my cousin. I should've become a basketball player and kissed Mark Cuban's ass (like a friend of mine did on his reality dating show – already knew the winner halfway through *shock*) I suppose.

Mar (#2,357)

Ah your mysterious voice that love tolls and darkens
in the resonant and dying evening!
Thus in the deep hours I have seen, over the fields,
the ears of wheat tolling in the mouth of the wind.

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