For those who are interested, we've begun a collective novel over on Ficlets. I doubt we'll get anywhere near 50,000 words, but writing with others is more fun than going it alone (and some of us have lives that, you know, occupy our time). :-P If you have a Ficlets account, or want to sign up for a free one, feel free to join in the story.
I'm definitely doing it. It's an excuse to write, really, a way to sidestep the usual routines and subroutines of failing to give yourself permission to screw up and enjoy. The other couple of times I did it, I didn't get anything like a real "novel" at the end, but I did get some mighty stacks of words that I still enjoy reading back through and rearranging and playing with.
I'm having pre-wrimo anxiety--trying to decide whether to go for it or not. It seemed like such a good idea back in July, but reality is setting in. Anyone else planning on spending November writing a mediocre novel?
Doesn't sound boring at all. Good luck with it. :-)
Thought of you yesterday when I caught a New Yorker article about a guy who used to frequent the rare books company where I once worked. He describes himself as a libertarian, but you'd know more about that than I would. All we knew is that he was the most conspicuous consumer we'd ever seen.
That sucks about the music, pictures, and essays, by the way. *writes giant note to run a backup SOON*
Eh, it's a non-fiction thing about my faith journey and personal philosophy. I ask a lot of questions and complain a little about the state of modern Christianity, and quote the old theologians, and make a case for libertarianism as the only foundation for just society. Pretty boring stuff. ;-)
Fortunately, I had precious little written and didn't lose much in the crash. It's my music and my pictures and my old college essays that I was most upset about. I've learned to make regular backups from now on, anyway...
You know, I have friends who have done this for years, but I've never tried it myself. Though I suspect 50,000 words would make for a month more tortuous than fun. In the meantime, I'm writing a "real" book with no time frame for completion, and it will probably take many many years to finish. Especially since the hard drive it was stored on crashed over the weekend, and I lost what little I already had written. :-(