Is this how James Joyce got started?

October 16, 2006 Writing Comments (0) 181

I have signed up as to participate in National Novel Writing Month 2006; as such, I am responsible to turn out a 50,000-word novel, from start to finish, in the month of November. I have 15 days to ponder what I’ll write. The great thing about the contest is that it’s all about volume, not quality. 50,000 words of utter garbage is just as good as 50,000 words of brilliance, and that’s very freeing.

Truthfully I’m not sure whether I’ll actually do it or not; it depends on how progress is going on my ‘real’ novel, which currently stands at 17,000 words. If I feel good about where that is on October 31, I’ll be okay with leaving it sit for a month while I churn out something less responsible. Otherwise I’ll forego participation in the month and just focus on the task at hand.

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October 3, 2006 Writing Comments (2) 260

Sending off six more query packets to various lit agents tomorrow. My brother did a super read-through of Volve (well, he half-did it… but he can work on the second half while I edit the first in accordance with his comments) that’s really helpful. I’m still hoping I can get a good agent who will help me connect with a larger publisher, though. We’ll see how that goes.

In the meantime, not much progress on “Untitled Novel #2” in the past few days; I’ve been struck by the urge to write here and there, but haven’t sat down and given it any time. Bought a new printer today, so maybe the ability to put the words on actual paper will motivate me to churn some more out. I have to get past that concept of writing when I feel like it and behave more like a pro, writing because it’s my job. Maybe tomorrow.

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