Third time a winner. Yeah.

Really, though, this is not a tough contest. 1667 words a day is nothing. I’ll do half that in this short blog. All you have to do to win this contest is write. Sit and write. You don’t even need to sit. Some of my friends use Dragon and speak. They can write their novel anywhere they can take their electronic devices. Wouldn’t it be interesting to hike to the top of a big hill and write while you walk, then while you sit and watch the view?

“They” say the medium matters, though. We write differently when we talk versus when we type, and we write differently still when we use a pen or pencil. I imagine eventually we’ll be able to think out novels onto a page. If we get to that point we won’t need to read them either, just walk by it. Imagine the development efforts to create mental blocking devices, to protect copyright of course. It will become a huge government conspiracy, I’m sure.

But I digress into novel-writing. It’s a habit now, especially the days following November. Every inconsequential act or event seems to trigger a run into the depths of creativity.

It’s time to pull back a bit. I need to get my resumé ready for distribution; I need to work on my personal network; I need to focus on some job skills; I have finances to take care of. Crap, I don’t have time to write.

But I can plan. I received some feedback from my local writer in residence on my 2011 novel. She included, hopefully, many comments throughout. I only let myself read her cover letter. She has issues with my voice, and I agree. My next major activity will be to review her notes and suggestions, and give this thing a good, thorough edit.

I need to read more. NaNo has killed my reading, and I plan on getting back into it. I have a book discussion on Wednesday, so I need to read nearly all of Middlesex by then. Good luck on that one John. I shouldn’t be blogging.

I found in the second half of NaNo my writing became very pedestrian. I lost my story and my voice. I’ve re-read scene #2 and plan on reading it this afternoon to my group. I liked the writing and the voice, but the second two-thirds of my story is very much he said, she said. Blah!

Voice, consistency, completeness … writing is easy. Making it all work is very hard.

I’ve decided I want to try project management. I have a lot of the skills, I understand projects, I like the new Agile way of doing projects – Kan Ban. The creative, process-oriented methods of managing projects make so much sense to me. The issue: finding progressive employers willing to take a chance on the old fart.


Might be easier to sell a novel to millions of readers.