Thursday, May 01, 2008

Writing the Not-So-Great American Novel

I will finally take the plunge. I intend to write a novel by my birthday, June 30.

This is something I've always wanted to do, but for various reasons, I could never get very far. The task is simply daunting, and when I read good literature, I despair at the chasm in ability between myself and say, a Faulkner or a Nabokov.

But then I started thinking about National Novel Writing Month, and its simple tenet that you just have to sit down and write, and who cares about quality - it's all about quantity! I decided that the only way that I will accomplish my goal is to adopt a deadline and keep writing each day until the job is done.

Armed with a copy of SuperNotecard (which I highly recommend for fiction writing) and NaNoWriMo founder Chris Baty's motivational book, No Plot? No Problem!, I am setting out to create the mediocre American novel. Truly, I have found out two things about myself in the last couple days:
1. I am a very bad writer. I mean, bad.
2. The above doesn't matter, because I know I can do this thing. If I force myself to turn off my "inner editor" I can churn out the dreck, and it's actually pretty fun.

My friend Todd got excited about the idea too and decided he wanted to give this novel writing thing a try. In order to keep us motivated I made a mailing list for us to share advice and encouragement. If any of you want to join us in our quest, please contact me and I'll add you to the mailing list. Let's write!

2 comments:

Kristian said...

I might be interested, too. When do you plan to start this project?

Drake said...

Hey Kristian! It starts any time - my personal deadline for finishing is June 30. I am not following the strict 30 day regime of NaNoWriMo, I am just following it in spirit with a more lax deadline.

I would like the list to be something that is available as a resource for encouragement and idea sharing, even after the deadline (and of course, if you want to join, you can set your own deadline).