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November 11, 2010
Posted at 2:11 am

NaNoWriMo Breakneck

If you've not heard of NaNoWriMo, it's a simultaneous effort by some 160,000 authors across the planet to get off their butt and write a novel in November. 50,000 pages, 30 days. I'm up to 12446 words, but barely have the plot started. I'm not worried, since I'm enjoying it, and that's why I'm doing it, just thinking that this is going to be a 500,000 word novel at the current rate of story development. Ok, may be not, because that's 90% as long as War and Peace. Still, I'd be happier if my style was more brisk, but I like the details, it's what really had me drawn into the works of Tom Clancy, that depth to the story.

Still, even if it's 150,000 words, it won't get published. Publishing houses now have rules that limit how many shelf-inches you can take up as a new author, and I think they only give you 180 pages, if that. Oh well, I'm not doing it to make money.