Writing A Book: Nanowrimo.org

Well, we decided to do something crazy.  Again.  Kinda sounds like us.  Remember that last adventure we went on.

But this time its gonna be a little different.  This time we’re gonna stay home.  (The wife kind of insists on this; she says we’re on some kind of “lockdown” – gently laughing by the way.  And also by the way: she owes me Kazillions of Kisses now.  We bought her something and she asked what she owed us (a few dollars) and we said “kazillions!” by which she thought we meant money and instead we have kisses in mind 🙂

We found (got ‘approached by’) nanowrimo.org, and presented us with an “extreme challenge”.  Knock out a book by November 31 – and it’s gotta be 50,000 words, by the way, starting on November 1.  That’s about 1,700 wpd (words per day).  No using something you’ve written before; no copy and paste of ideas.  It’s gotta be fiction (no memoirs, no fact telling events, no humorous tongue-in-cheek tales of what you’ve went through; aka many famous authors . . .).   Click “HERE” to see how it works.  It’s pretty cool – and a tongue-in-cheek site is besides the point when it comes to making this site cool.  It makes it really ‘real’.  You can see where there are some “real people” behind the event.

But anyway . . . we can write a lot.  We saw the event, saw the “50,000 words is about 179 pages” (or so – depends on what font you use, page size; that kind of stuff.  And folks?  We learned.  IF YOU ARE GOING TO WRITE A NOVEL, SET YOU PAGE SIZE TO A POPULAR PUBLICATION SIZE BEFORE STARTING!  Same goes for all those other things: Indents, paragraph spacing – everything.  Set up your “word processor” to show you everything exactly the way you want in the book.  (Margins, page numbers, formats – make sure “even and odd” pages is check – give yourself ‘inside’ room for binding – where the pages come together and are glued) – all that kind of stuff.

Sure makes it a lot easier when it comes time towards publishing your novel.  I know; we learned lots of ways.  We spent hours reformating our (“The Boy“) after we found that “8.5 x 11” is NOT a good size for publication – and then it turns out our book as over 500 pages long!  We had to shorten down about 250 (it was 750 pages – its 355,500 words long NOW) – by changing fonts … which changed how it “looked” on the page – and when you go from 8.5 x 11 to say, 5 x 8 – the paragraphs looked all wrong – some of them stretching on for a page or more (since they were formatted on a different – and larger – sized page in the beginning) – and we had to go through and break THEM down . . .


It threw about a month, month and a half extra’s work in there.

And by the way, the novel we published?  “The Boy“?  We have a “long” version here on our own computer, as well as a notated copy – a copy we’ve been keeping track of our notes in (as well as some of our deletions) – and it contains EVERYTHING -including the buried symbols, hidden meanings, true thoughts; psychological insights; hard truths about some things – many many things.  We’re gonna have to ‘assemble’ it some day. . .

But meanwhile – we’ve got this book to write.

Oh, and BTW?  You can click “HERE” or look up on the menu up above – and see the one “The Boy”?  It’s got the first three chapters of our book, “The Boy“.  You might wanna peruse it . . . see what you can find, what you like – leave us a comment, tell us what you thought.  It’d be a nice thing to do (encouraging a budding artists, so to speak!) . . .

and we’ll keep ya posted on this nanowrimo.org thing.  Sounds like fun: a lot of pressure, a deadline to get done (sounds like real fun!) – not to impossible for ‘me’ perhaps (despite a Thanksgiving turkey we gotta do – and can you see the ‘pun’ in that one, the double meaning?  I can, LOL!  Hoping you do as well (if not – we’re meaning that novel we’re gonna write . . . it being a real “turkey” . . . see definition 2, sub-def 2, item b . . . especially if you are not an American and want to know what “turkey” means in American culture . . . 😉  We understand there were 300K participants and 30K “winners” (meaning you made the 50K word mark) – which surprisingly enough, fits our “Ten Percent Theory”! (one of which we gotta write – our daughter knows this one; we’re gonna blog on it sometimes . . . just more proof for our pudding, so to speak . . .)

So ya’ll take care – check out those chapters, see what you like (you might find yourself buying the book) – wish us luck on this next one (and get this: it took us 35 years to write the last one . . . this time 35 days?  If you’re counting we are ‘outlining’ (permitted) right now? . . . jeez . . ).

But 1700 words a day . . . (smile) . . . and “we” are such a prodigious prolific blogger . . .

(grinning right now).

Shouldn’t be no problem.

Sincerely and on behalf of Jeff & Crew,
us all.



About jeffssong

JW is an adult childhood abuse survivor with DID*. He grew up in a violent family devoid of love and affection. He is a military brat and veteran. He no longer struggles with that past. In 1976 JW began writing "The Boy". It took 34 years to complete. It is currently on Kindle (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004T3IVKK ), or if you prefer hard copy, on Amazon ( http://www.amazon.com/Boy-J-W/dp/1461022681). JW resides somewhere in the deep South. He is disabled and living with family. Note: Please feel free to take what you need; all is free to all. With that in mind, keep it that way to others. Thank you. We have 3 Blogs - One for our younger days, 0-10 (The Little Shop of Horrors); one for our Teen Alter and his 'friends' (also alters) with a lot of poetry; and finally "my" own, the Song of Life (current events and things)
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One Response to Writing A Book: Nanowrimo.org

  1. Sam Ruck says:

    good luck, guys!



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