You might have noticed that I haven’t posted for a few days. I have been busy working on my latest writing project, entitled “Elijah.” I am involved in a variation of National Novel Writing Month. Every November, several hundred thousand people pledge and encourage each other to write a 50,000-word novel in 30 days. I have done it twice. This time, Edward Cheever II, a writing student of mine and a good friend, conspired with me to write 1,500 a day for 30 days, beginning on June 16. So far I have written just short of 40,000 words and have five days left. I am ahead of schedule, but I know that I won’t get much writing done tomorrow or Sunday, so I will behind the 8-ball again.
With that 40,000 words, I have written the first eight chapters of one book (Crash Corrigan), three short stories, several blogs, and the first six chapters of Elijah. It is a great way to stay motivated to write. During the school year, I long for the summer, when I have time to write. During the summer, I tend to find other things to take up my time. And so it goes.
After June 16, Edward and i are going to take a two-week break. I need to do some editing, and some work in my office (school-related). Then on July 1, we are going to do it again–1,500 words a day for 30 days.
Crazy, I know, but it beats digging ditches in the hot Texas sunshine.