Friday, November 4, 2011

I'm doing my own novel writing month

I know that National Novel Writing Month is this month, but I just can't do it. I have two business trips this month and, on top of that - drum roll please - completely by surprise a publisher is interested in a NON-FICTION book I am writing with a friend. So, interested, in fact, that when a friend of a friend casually mentioned the book to an editor at the firm, they contacted us. It appears that we may need to finish this book sooner rather than later. A bit of a shock, but a pleasant one.

Yes, I know I was going to take the month of September off, but I had the chance to do enough overtime to pay off a lot of my bills. For the first time in my adult life, I will owe under $10,000 for EVERYTHING - car, student loan, credit cards - EVERYTHING. I had the chance to do some more extra work in November, too, so my goal of being completely debt-free is getting closer and closer.

Maybe owing $0 is a Philistine goal when one could be writing the Great American Novel, but

  1. I never said I was writing the Great American Novel in the first place, what I do hope is to write a good story people will enjoy reading, and
  2. Who said National Novel Writing Month has to be in November anyway? (If you are tempted to Google the answer and fire away in the comments that it was Writers' Digest, or whoever, please do be aware this is a rhetorical question.
So,  I am declaring December my own novel writing month. Anyone else who is busy in November and/or who gets a long Christmas vacation is hereby invited to join JuNoWrMo -- Julia Novel Writing Month.


  1. Those are a lot of great things happening at once, congratulations!

    December is a fine time to write a novel!

  2. LBYM is always a laudable goal. Being one who only has a mortgage payment to get rid of, it absolutely liberating to not be locked into the financial hamster wheel of revolving debt. Been there for a decade and it gets better all the time.

    Also, agree on the writing. Plan your writing and write your plan. If Dec works better, do it then without regrets.

    And grats on the interest in another project, always nice to be asked to do what you love.

  3. I'm in.



    If I finish revising the one I'm revising.

    And I get the boat put away and the hoses rolled up and the...

    I'll let you know.

  4. Well, Mike, let me know. I'm cheating because I have a head start with several chapters written, but they have been languishing while I was under attack by real life. On the other hand, one chapter is SO bad that it would be better if I hadn't written it at all. I think I'm going to put it to sleep, humanely, of course.

    Frank , I saw on your blog you write technical material. I escaped from Cubeville recently and am happy every day just to have my own office and a Mac. I do also have Windows 7 on Boot Camp, I confess.