A few years ago I learned about an interesting experiment. Someone had determined that it is possible to write a novel in 30 days. Thus, National Novel Writing Month was born.
Every November for the past several years, crazy people all over the world sign up to face the challenge of not only writing a novel, but doing it in 30 days. The good news for all these people - it is a short novel, only 50,000 words or about 175 pages. The bad news - they have to figure out how to write about 1500 words a day for 30 days.
This year, I am one of those crazy people. I have wanted to do this since I first heard about NaNoWriMo (a much longer acronym than any I have seen here in the DC area), but I always had excuses. I was too busy, too tired or too self conscious to try.
The thing is, I have wanted to write a novel for years - almost 30 years actually. I keep finding stories, but push them away as non-sustainable. Mostly, they are just excuses to not even try.
About three years ago I applied to various creative writing programs around the country. The goal was to get an write a novel, get my MFA and go into teaching creative writing at the college level. Each application required a transcript, an essay and two short stories approximately 4000 words in length. In the end I had four stories, or 16,000 - 20,000 words in about two weeks time. I know this is possible.
So, if my posts seem a little stale over the next two months, its just me preparing for and writing a novel that may only see light on http://www.nanowrimo.org.