This past spring, I submitted short pieces to a contest called Word of Art. They were five of over 150 submissions. These pieces were posted and artists were invited to read the pieces and choose one or two to create a 2D canvas that related to the written word. Two of my submissions were chosen. The 30 pieces that were chosen were then complied in a coffee table book.
I can’t believe that October is already here. At the moment I’m working on planning my novel for National Novel Writing Month, which begins on November 1. If you aren’t familiar with the activity, it is a month in which writers work to compose a 50,000 or better in 30 days.
30 days? 50,000 words? That means if you want to be consistent you need to write at least 1,667 words each day. You can do all the planning you want, but you can’t write a single word of the novel before November 1.
I’m discovering some things about myself as a writer as I think about what I want to write and jot down ideas and notes.
1. It takes detailed planning to write a novel. In the past five days, I have come to realize that my protagonist can’t tell the story as it goes forward. It almost begs for it to be a reflection of how his life has shaped him.
2. For some reason, I have always shied away from writing in the first person, but this story keeps me thinking about first person.
3. Most of the pieces I’ve written have utilized a female protagonist, but this time my protagonist needs to be a male.