Keep an Eye Out for My Return 12.1.16

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Since it’s November, I am…

A. Checking out like a library book.

B. Going dark like a shuttered theater

C. Lost somewhere like my protagonist in Act II

D. Searching for a new metaphor

None of the above! Trick question.

November is National Novel Writing Month, and I’m playing. The goal is to write 50,000 words by November 30. Broken down daily, that 1,667 words every day. That’s a lot of writing. You gotta chase something in life, and in November I’m chasing 50,000 words.

But I arrived prepared. I’ve got my beat sheet complete. My outline is outlined. Characterboard charts are filled in. And my board – my dear, dear board – is hanging on the wall beside my stand-up desk. Now, 50,000 words is not a complete novel, of course, unless you’re writing mid-grade or maybe YA. I’m not. I’m writing a suspense novel and it should come in somewhere just shy of 90,000 words if I do things right. Wish me luck, and I’ll see y’all in December when I’m hoping to finish the final 40,000 words of a first draft.

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