Liberally speaking literally.

Monday, October 15th, 2007

Well, I’m sorry. I didn’t really want to write about the environment the other day, but felt I should. It was half-hearted.

I just registered for NaNoWriMo, that is, National Novel Writing Month, that is, one attempts to write an entire novel, from start to finish, in the month of November. Perhaps here I should warn you that my energy next month will be devoted to said challenge, and my posts in this blog will be scarce (as if you haven’t grown to expect as much). For my NaNoWriMo user name I selected Beatrice Quimby, a literary icon better known as “Beezus.” If you feel like it, check my progress here throughout the month of November–keep me accountable.

I wrote a novel once before, when I was in college. It was awful. Really, it was lousy. But it’s one of my proudest accomplishments, because I set out to do it and actually followed through. I am really looking forward to that same overwhelming sense of achievement, should I complete the challenge.

There were a few things which helped me to finish my first novel:

1.) Delusions of grandeur. I thought I was writing the next Newberry Award winner (it was a young adult novel). I thought I would land a nice publishing deal with Scholastic and maybe have fans as loyal as Rowlings’. I thought that one day I might even be featured on Reading Rainbow. Well, I dreamed those things, anyway.

2.) My complete lack of a social life. While others caroused about Water Street and North Ave sharing a brew and a good laugh with their friends, I sat holed up in my apartment, typing away. My friends, then, were fictional. I think some of my real-life friends felt a bit slighted. Such is the cost!

3.) A quote by E.L. Konigsburg, a Newberry winner herself, who gave this advice to people who wished to become writers: “Finish. The difference between being a writer and being a person of talent is the discipline it takes to apply the seat of your pants to the seat of your chair and finish. Don’t talk about doing it. Do it. Finish.” I had that quote taped to the top of my computer screen while I was writing my novel. And I did it. I finished.

By November 30th I will have finished a second novel. Mark my words.

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