If I didn’t already write enough words in the day as a journalist, I’ve taken on the challenge of writing a novel in a month. It isn’t really a novel idea. More than 100,000 people have signed up for National Novel Writing Month with the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel from scratch by midnight November 30. That’s 1,667 words a day. As of day two, I am at 1,284 with another 2,000 or so scribbled in notebooks and on scraps of paper, carefully kept out of the reach of kids and animals.
Can I do it?
The synopsis (so far) is:
Evan Donnoley is a young reporter and even younger husband. His wife is pregnant and Evan has a bright idea. He’s going to make a documentary about having a baby, even against his wife’s protests. What he discovers with his camcorder is more than he bargained for and this will turn his life upside down.
Intriguing? A sleeper?
At the pace of this challenge, who knows?
What may be certain is that I will probably wind up strung out on mescaline, cannabis and whiskey like Raoul Duke out of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas or turn dangerously inward and start writing line after line after line of the same thing like Jack Torrance in The Shining. Watch out kids!
Or maybe I’ll come out of this as the next Hunter S. Thompson or Stephen King?