Thursday, November 4, 2010

I'm writing a Novel ... say what?

When writing a novel ... do you have to start with the first word of the book as the first word you write with?

Because ... I got nothing.

Yeah, in a crazy moment I signed up for NaNoWriMo.

Don't know what that is?  I didn't either, lol.  I mean I read about what it was, sure, but I did not really grasp the concept until I sat down to write.

and nothing came out

NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month, and the point of this is to write a novel in one month; a novel consisting of 500,000 words.

Uh huh ... I said 500,000

Like a said ... I signed up during a crazy moment.

because I have nothing else to do in November ... like my daughter's first birthday; two Thanksgivings and the Iron Bowl.

but ... I signed up

So gosh darn-it ... I'm gonna do it.

Yeah ... I haven't written a word yet

Yeah ... I know its hard to finish when you don't keep up with the daily totals

but, I have the entire house to myself this weekend ... hubby and the kids are out Friday - Monday.

plenty of writting time, right?

If only I could come up with a first sentence ... maybe I'll be ironic and make that my last sentence?

well, it's not like I have an ending planned out or anything.

but, I do have a passage I wrote about 6 months ago that I'm basing my novel on.

I look back over my shoulder, squinting into the late afternoon sun, gawking with stunned alarm at the broad rolling muddy waters of the Mississippi“Why are we moving?” I think to myself.  

Gazing around I take in the surroundings of the boat, the same party boat my friends and I were on last night.  We were out celebrating my 21
st birthday, and celebrate we did; although the plan had been to wake up in my bed, not on this moving boat.  

I reach up and rub my throbbing temples.  “How much did I drink last night,” I wonder out loud. 

It is then I notice the owner of the boat grinning at me.  I forget about the throbbing temples as my heart begins to race in fear.

oh, and if you're doing NaNoWriMo too; my name is colour_mom.  Be my friend and bug me to write!!!!


  1. good for you!! I'm excited for you

    It has been a dream of mine, since I was about 6, to write and publish my own book.

    I've started many, completed none. I hope you do better than I have ;)

  2. I would like to volunteer to be the proof-reader :) Not because I think you need one, but because I totally want to read it first!

  3. I don't think you have to start at the beginning. :) Good luck!


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