Write Start

Well, Halloween is finally over and most people are joking about the fact that the holiday marketing has changed, overnight, to Christmas. Meanwhile, the writers of Twitter are celebrating the kickoff of NaNoWriMo with ferocious abandon.

NaNoWriMo, for the uninitiated, is National Novel Writing Month. The idea is to set the goal of writing 50,000 words (the approximate length of a novel) within the thirty days of November. There is an ‘official’ component to this that writers can sign up for as a form of accountability of you choose it, and this comes with a certain amount of peer support and daily activity, but the bottom line is still the same whether you join or not: 50K words in 30 days.

I like NaNoWriMo. Or, at least, I like the idea of NaNoWriMo; I’ve never officially signed up, but I’ve played along at home and found it to be a good excuse to produce a quantity of wordage without getting too precious about the quality. Which is often something that I need in order to get a first draft down on paper.

This year, I find myself on the horns of a dilemma: I have several projects that could use the boost. I completed zero chapters of my novel during October (so much for two chapters per week) and I also got hired to write a screenplay which has an actual deadline that I need to meet (progress has been steady, but somewhat stymied by my lack of a portable laptop).

So instead of trying to write an entire novel in one month I’m going to set a few equally strident goals for myself for these two projects. To keep myself honest, they are as follows:


-hand write four pages (two pages front and back) every week day.

-transcribe pages on nights and weekends.

-attempt to complete five chapters.


– hand write four pages (two pages front and back) every week day.

-transcribe pages on nights and weekends.

-attempt to complete one sequence (about 20 pages) per week.

-complete Act II by November 30th.

Whew! That’s a lot, but I’m better about staying on task when I know the goals are slightly too ambitious. We’ll see how well I do. I’ll try to post a progress report each day with a quote of something that I’ve written as ‘proof’.

So far today:

Novel: 1.5 pages

Quote: I’d managed, through a force of will normally reserved for stopping tides and turning back time, to gather the five of us at the Gray Area for a rehearsal.


2.5 pages

Quote: The food is highly processed and shelf stable, but Q marvels over it as if she’s been handed a box of fancy chocolates.


~ by Gwydhar Gebien on November 1, 2018.

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