Joe’s Post #152
A Call Out To Writers
So it looks like we have 7 writers now committed to getting a novel done in 5 months.
Silk – Writing a great story set in Texas
Karalee – 5 short stories in 5 months. I’d personally find it easier to write a novel in that time.
Helga – Not sure what she’ll go with at this point, but it’ll be high concept and probably amazing.
Me – Writing a WW2 mystery set in Holland
Paula – Writing a mystery set in Hawaii that I’d love to steal
Richelle – Working on a sequel to her published book, Saints and Strangers.
Sue – A mystery? With all that’s going on in your life, a good murder may be in order.
That’s awesome. I can’t tell you how cool it is to have 2 more writers trying to get that novel done. Welcome!
But, as I look at our readers, I think to myself, self, why not more?
What do you have to lose?
It’s not the NoMoWobat or whatever the novel in a month is, it’s a novel in 5 months. Look at the math Silk did.
So, I officially issue a challenge to my writing friends. Oct 5th. Start a novel. Completion date – March 5th. Elena, write the sequel to your steamy mystery romance. I know you want to. Sheila, you’ve got a great fantasy story started, why not complete it (though for you, I would suggest starting the challenge after your black belt test.) Bev? Got another novel in you? Elizabeth? JM? Soffer? Luraos? Eugina?
Come on in. The water’s warm.
So, here’s what you need to know
- If you leave it all to the last month, you will likely fail. This I base on my own experiences. It’s super hard to write a novel in a month, especially since life seems to throw all kinds of curve balls at you when deadlines loom. Start on day 1 if you can, or day 10, if you’ve got commitments, but start as soon as you can and keep at it every day.
- You are NOT ALONE. Text other writers. Email us. Post on the comments of our blog. Even post on our blog. Stay connected with other writers. Meet them for coffee. Plumbers won’t understand your pain, your struggles. Accountants won’t get it. Only other writers can really empathize.
- You will hit a wall. We all hit it. The middle sucks. My minor characters have taken over. I don’t know where to take the story next. I have overused the word penis. Whatever. Writer’s block, in whatever Gollum form it takes will eventually visit and pour poison in your ear. My advice, take a day off. Have a massage. Binge-watch Game Of Thrones. And call or text a writing friend who’ll understand, give you support, then tell you to get back to it the next day.
- Do something to honor each milestone. Outline done. Maybe some new shoes? First 10 pages done. Maybe buy yourself a nice bottle of scotch, the writer’s drink of choice. First 30. Play a day of Candy Crush. First 100 pages. A wonderful dinner with waiters who will refill your wine without you asking.
- You may not feel elated when you finish the novel. You may feel exhausted. You may feel like you’d rather read Twilight novels over and over and over, again, than take on another task like this. You may feel like you need a drink. Or a box of chocolate. Or a weekend in Vegas with Tatum Channing. That’s all normal. But if I may offer my last piece of advice… when you’re done, celebrate. Not everyone can get a novel done let alone done in 5 months.
So, if you take on the 5/5/5 challenge, would you also like to post on this blog? Let us know and we’ll sort something out. We’d LOVE to hear about your journey, your challenges, your successes, your thoughts.
We are all in this together.
As for me.
30 pages done on my novel.
5 blogs written (see my journeys here.)