Decided to do it. Write a novel in public again, detailing it out in blog posts every night. Totally insane, but great fun, which is why I am doing this.
The last few days were interesting. The more I looked at the next ten to twelve days, and looked at deadlines, and publishing and other writing projects I will be doing, the more I realized how much I had to do. So the sane thing would be to just push off trying to do a novel quickly and in public. I’ve failed a number of times trying this because of scheduling issues the first year I was here in Las Vegas. But those issues are gone now.
Now I am writing fine, just stupidly busy with other projects.
But even being normally busy, I still pretty much write every day, so I figured why not give this a try again. Just add a push with a deadline and track every detail.
I am going to start tomorrow, February 18th, 2021.
I will detail out my day here with one post per day, but will add to it as the day goes on, keeping track of exact time, what I am doing in general, and the number of words done. I will even tell you if I take a nap. I will do a summary of the word count at the end of each day.
I am shooting for 12 days instead of ten. And a 40,000 plus word novel. Twelve days will give my eye a better rest with all the other work I am doing as well. However, I think I will call this blog series “Writing a Novel In Half a Month.”
I could (in the old days before I lost one eye) do a novel of this length in about four days. 10,000 words a day was not unusual for me. And I could still do that if I cleared the decks and really was careful with screen time. But I want to maintain my normal life with this book, get lots of sleep, do all the other projects and meet other deadlines. So twelve days is sane for me at this point.
And I will be writing at a pace most could manage, even with a day job. Stay tuned, you will see how that will work.
Besides, 12 days works out to about two novels a month, which is why the title. And with blogs and introductions, which I count, doing this will take me over 100,000 words easy in February. Closer to 120,000 actually, so a decent amount.
I will not talk about the actual book itself or even the genre or title of it. I never do that when writing anything and won’t start now. So please don’t ask. This is just about time management and producing words. The book will be called “The book.” You know, like beginning writers call the thing they have been working on for years.
So I am finishing this prolog at 1:35 am on Thursday, February 18th. After a good night’s sleep, I will be back with a post starting Day #1 after my first session here.
(And this post totaled around five hundred and thirty words.)