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Pirate, Patchy
Right. I am seriously considering taking a semester off from college. Not because I don't think college is right for me, but because there is something I really want to do that would take up far too much of my time to worry about schoolwork.

I want to write a novel.

Take that, all of my former teachers; the kid who hates writing, and has the abilities of a twelve-year-old, wants to try writing 50,000 words in thirty days. Fifty Thousand. That works out to around One Thousand, Six Hundred and Seventy words per day. I can do it. I know I can. I'm just not sure I can write them all on the same subject, so that's gonna be the thing to either make or break this deal.

Christ, I'm already planning how to write the novel, and I haven't told my parents my intentions. Well, I guess I have now. But that's besides the point. Wait a tic... I know what the novel's gonna be. I know the title, I know the plotline, I know the main characters, I know how the book will be set up. The only thing I'm missing is Fifty Thousand Words.

And I know that is definitely not a problem. Well, it isn't a problem if I can get my work schedule straightened out. I'm either going to have to take a month off from work, or manage to convince them that changing someone's work scedule all willy-nilly is a bad thing, and needlessly cruel. Also, I'd have to convince my parents to allow me to freeload completely for a month, so I can devote all of my time to writing.

Jeez, I'm getting myself all psyched up about this, and I don't know if it's gonna happen or not. I don't know if my poor, gnat-like attention span will let me go through with it. I'm not sure my Parents will let me go through with it. I'm not sure I will be able to maintain any level of health while doing it. For some reason, it feels like some bizarre extreme reality show, or something. I do know I can get that word count, though.

Well, I know I can do it if I devote every ounce of my creative energy into writing during every waking moment of those thirty days. It's going to suck ass, not doing anything but write, and not having time to edit my writing, but I can do it. The word count is definitely no problem at all for me, because I want to write this. And, oh, Holy Zombie Jesus, it's gonna hurt to keep this story unwritten until November.

And I have to wait until November, because that's when the National Novel Writing Month begins. It's all spelled out here at NaNoWriMo.org. I want so very badly to write this novel. I can do it, I know I can. The word count for this and my last post is already approaching well over two-thousand words. And I haven't even said half the things I wanted to. I mean, wow. I have written over Two Thousand words in one day, and I don't feel drained by it at all. I can do this. I just need permission.

Mom, Dad, Chuck, Stacie, everybody in my family, be it by blood or through friendship, I have something to say. I have decided to take a semester off from school to write a novel. It won't be a very good novel, but it will be a novel nonetheless. I am doing this for several reasons, but I am mainly doing this to prove to myself that I can write. I don't care that everybody says I can, I need to do this to prove it to Myself. I need to get this out of my system, and I need to be creative. I need this for many more reasons, as well, but I'm not sure what they are, exactly. Sure, it might just be my fever-addled brain talking, and I may want to drop this without a word as NaNoWriMo edges closer, but I can't let that happen.

In the hour that it has taken me to write this much, I have gone from thinking about doing this, to wanting to do this, to needing to do this. And that's where I have to keep my mind focussed. I give my solemn vow, on my honour, to write a novel in November. It will happen, I swear it. I do ask one thing, though. I ask for everyone to leave me alone that month, only giving input or asking questions when I ask for a soundboard. This will be done, come hell or high water. If I get kicked out of the house, so be it. It must be done.

No doubt about it.
2500 words in one day. Booyah.
  • Be sure, if you take off a semester, that you file for a leave of absence rather than just not registering. It makes a difference with financial aid and when you go back to register. sarahthejane did that last year. Her journal is friends only but I think you could post a reply on her homepage. I'm sure she'd discuss what it was like with you. Good Luck.
    • Yup.
      I did it last year and fully intend to do it this year. It was one of the most exhilarating and fulfilling personal experiences I've ever had.

      I made a personal goal of 1700 words a day, but with a catch. I didn't force myself to stop at 1700 like some people do, but I tried to keep from burning myself out by writing until I couldn’t anymore just to get ahead.

      The way I swung it was with my pre-planning before November 1st. I used Word (though a clean journal could do the same) to print out about 30 nearly blank sheets of paper. At the top left corner I put ‘start’ and at the bottom right ‘finish’. I then used these to do a quick write up of every scene I could think of that I wanted to use for my NANO (not writing it, mind you, just summarizing it). I then put them in order and they became my road map. A lot of the scenes were altered, reordered, or trashed – but it helped to keep me on track, especially in the earliest period of pounding the keys.

      The way I kept from burning out was – if I had already reached my 1700 for the day (or caught up to the total I should have been at) I would not start another scene. I would finish the one I was on if I felt I could or was on a roll – but did not move on to that next one even if I wanted to. It gave me something to look forward to the next day, and put my butt back in the seat ready to keep trudging.

      You can find my nano LJ here: http://www.livejournal.com/~sarahjanewrimo/
      I’m happy to friend you if you’d like to read either my nano LJ or my personal one.

      It’s hard – but the trick is to keep going. A lot of friends that started NANO with me didn’t finish. You need support from all sides, and a lot of caffeine. Good luck!
  • by the way

    Did you know that Aztec emperor Montezuma had a nephew, Cuitlahac, whose name meant "plenty of excrement"?

    Because I didn't.
    • Re: by the way

      You should read the novel Aztec. I forgot the author but I'm sure with interweb help you could find it.
    • Re: by the way

      You should read the novel Aztec. I don't remember the author but I'm sure with the help of the interweb you could find it. ( I submitted this post and later realized it posted as anonymous because I wasn't logged in. I don't know where it went.)
      • Re: by the way

        psst - it's above you. It still posted, just right above your head.

        What was the premise?
        • Re: by the way

          I totally miss the "what is the premise?" It's basic history told in story form. Lots of good research. Like, did you know that in the Aztec religion a person was chosen and given every physical comfort and pleasure for a year then were killed and skinned and the skin was stretched over another person to wear in a sacrificial ceremony to the gods? And they had an indoor plumbing system. Just a really neat book but very long, somewhat like the last Harry Potter.
          • Re: by the way

            Dost thou blashpeme Potter!!

            For SHAME!

            Did pop tell you ed called while you were sleeping?
            Happy Potter Day!
            • Re: by the way

              I would never blaspheme Harry, I just understand that to some (when it comes to books, of course) size does matter. Are you guys going in at midnight to pick up the new one?

              Pop left a note for me on the white board. I called Ed when I got to work but I guess he had already gone to sleep.

      • Re: by the way

        I have my lj set to screen anonymous comments by default. I had completely forgotten I had done that. But, I saw the IP address, and knew it was you, so I unscreened it. I'm leaving it up, just 'cause I think it's funny. =P
        • Re: by the way

          Would you believe I'm not even blonde, sometimes just a real ditz.
          • Re: by the way

            I... I am trying so hard not to laugh right now, for reasons that will be explained in my next post.
            • Re: by the way

              Never stifle a good laugh but hey, I'm still waiting for that explanation. Have a great weekend.
  • I'm too lazy to research

    If you are going to When you write this novel, don't be lazy. Research is important, it makes you believable.
  • Gah. You're exceeding level of excitement for this novel has got me on the edge of my chair! Heehee!! :D This sounds absolutely awesome, and I wish you the best of luck in November. I think you'll really enjoy doing this! I took a look at the NaNoWriMo site and think that this is a great opportunity. . . too bad I can't take a semester off from school!! :P Hehehe. Perhaps I shall give it a go anyway? . . . We'll see.

    By the way. . . how did you find out about NaNoWriMo?
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