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IndNoWriMar

It’s short for Individual Novel Writing in March.

I’ve been poking and prodding at the SF novel for the past month or so, trying to find the plot, the voice, the characters…pretty much everything. It’s one of the more frustrating parts of the process for me, because there’s way too much uncertainty for my comfort level. But I think I finally have a bit of a handle on this book.

So the plan is to write the first draft, or at least 50K words of the first draft, by the end of March. I’m announcing this in the blog because it will help keep me motivated and accountable.

Making this proclamation on a day when I have to shovel snow, take one kid to a doctor appointment, then take same kid to a two-hour thing in the evening might not have been the best idea, and I’m guessing today’s output will be rather disappointing. But I wrote a 1775-word prologue yesterday, so I’m using that to cover today’s gap.

ETA: Also, apparently today is March 2. I had it in my brain that today was the 1st. This doesn’t bode well for my organizational abilities…

Word Count Meter

Prioritizing the draft means I may slow down a little on blog posts, or fall (further) behind on emails, but hopefully I’ll be able to find a new equilibrium.

Wish me luck!

Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.

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deborahblakehps
Mar. 2nd, 2016 04:48 pm (UTC)
I'm struggling to get started on a new novel too, so we can suffer together :-)
jimhines
Mar. 2nd, 2016 05:32 pm (UTC)
What's your goal/deadline on this one?
deborahblakehps
Mar. 2nd, 2016 05:38 pm (UTC)
It was June 1st (eek!). But I was 2 months late on the last one, so my fabulous agent got it moved to August 1st (still eek!). Plus I have a Llewellyn book due September 1st. (EEEEKKKK)
jimhines
Mar. 3rd, 2016 01:03 am (UTC)
Yipe! Good luck!!!
deborahblakehps
Mar. 3rd, 2016 02:49 am (UTC)
Thank goodness I'm not tired and stressed and burned out, and that my brain is working so well.

Oh, wait...
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jimhines
Mar. 3rd, 2016 01:02 am (UTC)
Thank you :-)
deborahblakehps
Mar. 3rd, 2016 02:50 am (UTC)
Me too! It rocked!
themis1
Mar. 3rd, 2016 11:12 am (UTC)
Sometimes the only way to get a story straight is to start telling it - and the characters will let you know how it all fits together. Good luck!
live_momma
Mar. 6th, 2016 04:17 am (UTC)
I guess that means that April Fool's is officially part of IndNoWriMar.
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