Novel ideas

Once again I am thinking I am going to take the NaNoWriMo challenge. The goal is to write a complete novel between November 1 and November 30.

Thousands of people do this each year, although I’m not sure how many write their novels as daily public blog entries. What I like about writing a novel as a series of blog posts is the aspect of shared discovery — you find out what happens pretty much when I do.

Ideas are bubbling in my head, but I don’t want them to do more than bubble. Rather, I’d like to see how the novel unfolds over the course of the month as the characters tell me who they really are and what they want to do.

I am thinking I will incorporate various thoughts and ideas from commenters on this blog (some of you have made some wonderful comments). Other than that, I will do my best to stay out of the characters’ way as they go about their business.

4 thoughts on “Novel ideas”

  1. Good luck! A friend of mine is also doing this, and I was just wondering to myself, “Where have I heard about this before?” Then, I read this post and remembered I meant to read your series but never did. Assembling the epub now (I love ebooks!)

  2. Ah, wait, the last novel you wrote wasn’t on the blog (it’s not in the 11/2011 archives anyway). I may be confusing it with something else; I know that there was some serial here…a collaboration?

  3. “Attic” wasn’t for NanoWriMo. I started it on March 17, 2010 and posted the complete novel in 91 parts, creating it as I went. The last part was posted on October 14, 2010.

    I later put it together and posted it in one piece, on June 30, 2011.

    I co-wrote the novel “Sun and Moon” with my friend Kaelan as a NaNoWriMo novel during the course of the month of November 2009. The two of us alternated the writing, between even and odd days, each picking up where the other had left off.

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