by Phil Warren
This novel is becoming a struggle.
I know words. I often employ them to explain how hungry I am. Occasionally I’ll also express confusion, sexual arousal, and other emotions I’m sure I have when I’m not experiencing those other three things.
However, now that I’m put to the test, I’m not wholly certain I don’t simply recite words I’ve heard other people say. There’s a good chance my entire lifetime of communication has been nothing more than a parlor trick.
I’d like to blame it on the economy. I really would.
Today is day 9, and, while I haven’t started my writing run for the evening, I’m hovering around 9,000 words. At roughly 1,000 words a day, that is WELL under where I need to be to finish a 50,000 word novel by the 30th.
So what to do?
I’m going to call Brett Ratner and ask him for tips on expressing myself with words. I’m fairly sure he’ll simply offer, “Novels are for [redacted]”
Also, picture relevant- here’s a snippet of my second-favorite chapter so far. http://thebravenew.com/Chapter21WhereinShitGetsReal.pdf
It’s a Lovecraftian nightmare that will drive you to the brink of madness and back again. Maybe then you’ll go on a leisurely stroll, returning to madness. But by then, it’s old news, and you’ll return. But then you’ll take someone on a date, and hell, they’ve never been there before, so even though you’re pretty bored with it, you’ll return to madness for a third time. And your date will force a strained smile, but she can tell you’re bored with the whole thing, and that doesn’t make for a good date now, does it?
by Phil Warren
So this novel writing excursion is off to an alright start. My first night, I wrote around 3000 words. My second night, a meager 1000. As I just returned home from an insanely busy day at work, and another meeting for a side project, I’ve yet to write today. But I’m feeling good about this. I’m not a novelist, but I feel like I’m becoming one suddenly. It could just be gas though.
Here’s a little snippet (pic related) of this evolving trainwreck of a novel. thebravenew.com/Chapter14.pdf
The novel is clearly going to be based around things I’ve experienced that I’ve found to be quirky and intriguing, but remember it is fiction. If you see something of yourself or a friend in there, it may be a coincidence, it may be an homage, but it’s certainly never an interpretation of your character or judgement of your activities.
Oh, a little background: NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) challenges a budding author (or an experienced one) to come up with a story of 50,000 words in thirty days. The number seems daunting, but broken down into small slices, it’s a perfectly relaxing writing pace.
But does length account for everything? Literary great Ernest Hemingway was once challenged to write the world’s shortest story. He is said to have declared his resulting creation his best work.
The entirety of the story is six words.
For sale: baby shoes, never worn.
Hemingway was not a happy man. But he did understand one of the most important goals for anyone who wants to effectively communicate:
Be clearly understood in six words.
by Phil Warren
Alright Brave Newbies. I’ve learned a lot progressing into the Brave New, and one of those things is: I suck at maintaining a site. I have piles of writing that’s gone “unpublished” onto thebravenew.com, and clearly I have some hurdles to jump here. That being said, I’ve always felt like there’s no kill like overkill- so if I’m having trouble writing, it’s time to really pour myself into writing and get over it. Oh, also I’ve always wanted to be a novelist. That being said, you know what I’d like to do for November’s pursuit of one great “opus”?
I’m going to write a novel.
It’s no coincidence that this month lines up with National Novel Writing Month. The goal of writing a novel is too specific for the deliberately open monthly challenges for The Brave New, but it falls well within the guidelines I’ve set up for this month. So, for those of you joining me in the month’s challenge, if you’re looking to do something really difficult, why not attempt it with me?
Looking out on the unrealized adventure that is November, I’d like to remind everyone:
All good stories start somewhere!
Brave Newbie Writers
- No Weekend Left Behind An adventure group dedicated to ensuring that when the work week is done, the weekend lives up to it’s potential.
- The Eskhaton The life and times of Cub, an adventurer I respect blossoming with energy who sucks the marrow out of life.
- This Tumblr Will Change Your Life Part instruction manual, part therapy, part religious cult, part sheer anarchy, this is a day-to-day quest very similar to “This Book Will Change Your Life”