Friday, October 2, 2009

30 Days and Counting

The craziness that is National Novel Writing Month starts at midnight on November 1st, 2009. If you've ever flapped your lips about "someday writing a novel", then I'm putting you on notice that someday is almost here. Sign up and write the damned thing! Seriously though, it's a lot of fun and a great kick in the pants for those who (like me) thrive on a deadline. I've enjoyed and benefited from it enough that this will be my third year of cranking out middle grade November prose. Check out their site and then ask yourself, "Other than the fact that I'm a lazy mook, why wouldn't I do this?"

In other news --
  • Finished my second draft of "Magic Man" my 2008 NaNo project and have sent it off to trusty beta reader JZ. On balance, I'm quite pleased with it but I sure he'll find plenty of wtf things for me to fix.
  • I should be finished with my 2009 Script Frenzy effort "Timer" by the end of this weekend. I've got to finesse the final scene (to make sure that all the main characters get their due) and will probably change the title as 1) there was a recent indie film by the same name and 2) the original reasons for giving my main character that nickname never really made it into the script. Then it's off to the agent.
That's it for now. Get busy on that novel outline!

4 comments:

Rachel Cotterill said...

I'm definitely a deadline-driven kind of person, so NaNo appeals to me for that reason :) Succeeded in 2007 and 2008... I'll be upset if I fail as I know I can do it!

Roger Eschbacher said...

I always get the pre-NaNo "will I do it this year?" jitters -- I think they add to the fun. When Nov.1 rolls around it's a relief to finally get started!

Mike said...

Plenty of "wtf" things, OMG ILMFAO!!

I can't believe how you pump these out in such a short timeframe every time. Before you know it, you'll be on your 20th, then 30th...

Roger Eschbacher said...

Well, I have to say that I do enjoy the challenge. Plus I like the fact that having some "product" makes it significantly more likely that I'll sell something. Let's just say it's a strong motivator.