This is the weirdest writing project I’ve every undertaken. Â Not because of the subject matter, or even because the goal is to write a whopping 50,000 words in 30 days. Â It’s weird because I haven’t settled on a lot of things you have to know in order to write a story, much less a novel.
Things like, what is the narrator’s perspective? Â Third person omniscient? Â Third person limited? Â First person singular, first person multiple… Â So far I’ve written 22,000 words and I’ve bounced around a lot in terms of narration. Â I’ve got a lot of third person semi-limited, some omniscient, some first person, some journal entries, a letter, a bunch of first person told to another character in the story. Â The latest chunk I wrote was completely first person and that was maybe the easiest and most comfortable 1,000 words I’ve written so far. Â I haven’t found a unifying perspective or voice for the story yet.
So if I’m not going to end up with a drafted novel at the end of this, what will I end up with? (and why am I doing this?) Â I’m not quite halfway done, but when I look at the pile of words I have right now, I see the beginnings of at least one novel. Â Probably a few short stories in there too. Â Also, having absolutely no expectation of, or concerns about, the quality of the end product is a wonderful freedom. Â I can fail early, fail often, fail spectacularly. Â And then I can start again the next day and try something different. Â That’s what this project is for me, a giant literary lab bench where I can select a different approach each day and see how it goes for a thousand or two thousand words. Â And yes, I would like it very much if you envisioned me in a lab coat with shop glasses.. must protect the eyes you know and some word combinations are combustible.
Today is Day 14. Â Going with the average word count, I should be at 23338 at the end of the day. Â My current word count stands at 22053. Â I’ve got some writing to do… see ya later
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