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November 2, 2010

And the madness begins!

Filed under: Uncategorized — D.J. Lutz @ 2:16 am

All across the globe, thousands upon thousands of would-be novelists are typing, keyboarding, hunt and pecking, handwriting, perhaps even chiseling on slabs of granite the “Next Great Novel.”

Yep. I’m one of them.

You would think after having tried this twice before, I would know better.

Seems so easy when you sign up. Just write a novel that’s at least 50,00 words long…in thirty days…for nothing more than the sense of accomplishment that it will bring.

Well, here is my status report at the end of day one: 1,988 words. Pretty much the first scene. I think in scenes, not chapters, by the way…

In the past I would publish each day’s efforts, but that caused problems. As the story moved along, I would want to rewrite or edit previous tomes, yet that tended to confuse those that were following along. So this time, you get my observations on writing, but the novel will not be delivered until it is ready. Let’s hope that is this year…

Anyhow, thanks for the support. I don’t want your money (unless you have a lot of it and don’t mind giving it to me) just knowing that you are interested is good enough for me. And if you are not interested, why are you still reading at this point?

Hmmm. And they say writers are crazy….


October 25, 2010

Countdown to NaNoWriMo 2010!

Filed under: Uncategorized — D.J. Lutz @ 2:10 pm

Well, the outline is about as done as I want it to be. I have the basic premise of the story. Still not sure exactly how it will end, though. There is a famous (read: published) author out there that was once asked if he ever used an outline and his reply was something akin to “No, if I don’t know where the novel is going, the reader won’t either, which will make them want to keep reading…” A big paraphrase, but you get the point. My ending will present itself when the time is right…hopefully.

This story will be written using a dual storyline format. I have not tried this technique before, but it holds promise for this particular style of story. Basically, this entails one chapter in “present time” and the next chapter in “flashback.” The idea is that at the end, the last flashback chapter will end where the first “present time” chapter starts.

The subject? Here’s a one-sentence synopsis:

“A fortune teller comes to the aid of a fledgling private detective who has discovered deception, double-crosses and murder on his first case.”

October 12, 2010

NaNoWriMo approacheth….

Filed under: Creative Writing,Fiction — D.J. Lutz @ 11:45 pm
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50,000 words in 30 days? Who is stupid enough to try that?

Me. Maybe I’ll have a coherent novel at the end this time. Yes, I have tried this before…

At least this year I already have characters, a plot and (soon) possibly an outline.

I better get more coffee.

And some wine.

November 2, 2008

NaNoWriMo has just started and I’m 50,000 words behind already!

Filed under: Uncategorized — D.J. Lutz @ 1:40 am

National Novel Writing Month is November and there’s an event held each year at that time to get people writing.  It’s called NaNoWriMo.  I can’t pronounce it, but I signed up for it.  The goal is a 50,000 word novel by midnight on November 30th.  Time to get moving on my next venture, which is actually what I had planned to start last month.  I have had to change the name of my main character, the original name matches a regionally famous singer in Southern California.  Why ask for trouble?

I’ll be posting each night, probably around midnight Eastern time.  For grins, I’ll keep a count of the cups of coffee needed. No one expects the next War and Peace to show up, but everyone that completes the contest “wins” a certificate and ends up with what is basically a good first draft of a story that can be refined later.

Try it – over 100,000 signed up last year.  Only 15,000 or so finished.  Flip the switch on your Mr. Coffee and start typing, you!

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