Did you think I died? The truth is, very nearly. I’ve actually been participating in NaNoWriMo, where you give over your life to literary abandon and write 50,000 words worth of a novel in one month. Guess where I’m at? 47,000 words, at 12:35 pm on November 30. After the last 3,000 words, I promise I will resume regular posting over here. The whole NaNo experience has been really fun, rewarding, and at times difficult. I wrote about something rather close to home, and sometimes it was a bit painful to relive. But! I am rather proud of myself for having completed such a large piece of work, and I’m looking forward to the editing (that is, after I finish the first draft…during this month the unhappy conclusion dawned on me that 50,000 isn’t quite a full novel. Rather, it’s more like half of one. So more writing remains in my future. Though I feel like I have a good idea of where the plot is going, and I’ve done a bit of outlined paragraphs that I can go back and fill in later.) Anyway! I think I’m going to get some lunch and empty my head with some television. Then it’s back at it so I can finish on time!

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4 Responses to “From the Black Hole”

  1. Meg

    I’m reading a romance novel to allow my brain to recuperate. My mom noticed and commented on my literary tastes “going down.” I just glared and commented that
    A) I have WRITTEN A NOVEL in the past month and my brain cells need a rest.
    B) I’d rather live vicariously through Penelope Featherington as she falls in love with Colin Bridgerton in 1824 London than worry about any of the men I do/do not know in real life.

    So glad we did it!

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    • jess

      Glad we did it as well! I haven’t looked at my novel since November 30…I needed a break! I do plan to get back to it eventually, to finish up the draft and add in all the scenes. I would like a readable draft, if only for myself! But yeah…have you had the problem of seeing literature as a writer? I tried to read one of my favorite books, Empire Falls, and all I could think about was how he started and ended chapters!!! I couldn’t get into the story at all! So frustrating–I’m hoping this doesn’t last long.

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  2. Meg

    Welllllll…I am still on the romance novel kick. So I’m into the stories, but YES! I DO notice how Julia Quinn operates as a writer, especially in terms of how she expresses character’s thoughts. And dialogue. Oy vey…

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