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Wouldn't be prudent.

I thought for a while about trying to finish Blood Red Skies as part of the whole NaNoWriMo thing, but it would be wrong since the whole point of NaNoWriMo is to crank out a 50K chunk of novel-like verbiage from scratch, and that's not exactly what I'd be doing. BRS already has a beginning, an end, and some parts floating around in the middle, plus some fairly well fleshed-out characters. Forcing it to completion through NaNoWriMo would be like entering the State Fair baking contest using Betty Crocker Cake Mix, and that would be Wrong. Even if I am just a semi-pro.

Still...the notion of forcing myself to write 1650+ words per day (slightly less, actually, since as I said there are already some chunks done) in order to at least have a very rough draft done by the end of the month is appealing. I have time on my hands for the moment, and sitting down every night for a couple of hours to pound on the keyboard might just be the discipline I need to finally wrap it up and get it in a condition to show people and see what they think. I just can't do it within the NaNoWriMo setup.

So tomorrow night it'll be time to kick the tires and light the fires. I have people to kill, planets to ruin, and ships to destroy, with only a month to do it in. I can do this. ^_^

UPDATE/EDIT: It turns out that over the last couple of years that I've been picking away at this I've cranked out a little over 23,000 words, not including the stuff that actually belongs in the sequel, Sad Wings of Victory. (Is it pretentious of me to have a sequel for my unfinished novel already?) So I could be lazy and just do the remaining 27,000 words, or go whole hog and wind up with something closer to 75,000 words, which I think would be a better, fuller more flavorful novel anyway. We'll see what happens.

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stuckintraffik
Nov. 1st, 2006 06:24 pm (UTC)
27000 words? Pshaw. I can do at least twice that in a month. Come on, Wombat, throw down! Glory or madness await!
wombat_socho
Nov. 1st, 2006 07:15 pm (UTC)
Shouldn't that be "Glory and/or madness"?
stuckintraffik
Nov. 1st, 2006 08:48 pm (UTC)
Well if you want to get all technical. Seriously though, go for 50k in a month. 50k total is closer to novella than novel, to be honest. Doesn't mean it's not good, just harder to publish.
wombat_socho
Nov. 1st, 2006 09:31 pm (UTC)
Indeed. Most novels these days are thick enough to stun an ox. I can't even remember the last time I read an SF novel that was less than 300 pages, come to think of it.
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