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Nov 03, 2006

Re[3]: National Novel Writing Month posted by kza

By my count, that�s 393 words you wrote about not writing 100 words.

Well, please note that none of those words had anything to do with plot, character, atmosphere, all that jive. If writing novels (or at least, what I consider to be a novel) was no different than, say, talking on the phone, I’d be set. I’d be Nicholson Baker.

That�s why a difficult deadline helps � there�s no time to pay heed to that voice.

Don�t let your fingers slow down to it. Just write. Even if it sucks and you know it, just write. Even if you don�t know where the characters are going, just write.

I really wish it worked like that for me. But it doesn’t. Especially in this case, where I’ve set up much harder goals for myself. Luckily, I think I have figured out what’s going to work for me, but even though I may finish the novel, I’m not sure I’ll finish NaNo.

Anyway, based on what you�ve posted so far, you�ve got nothing to complain about. I�m already hooked. I think it rocks.

Thanks. That’s appreciated.

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