Monthly Archives: November 2018

NaNoWriMo: Point of Departure

I haven’t been posting on this blog for a few weeks because:  1) Having broken the story about NHK World’s probable infiltration by space aliens I didn’t want to confuse my message and 2) I’ve been a bit busy with Inktober.  Now, however, Inktober is done, it seems that the government has suppressed my NHK story (else it would have more hits by now) and NaNoWriMo is once again upon us.  Just as I do Inktober my own way, I  have my own take on NaNoWriMo.  Most people try to write the first draft of a single 50,000 word novel.  That’s fine, but the last thing I need right now is another first draft in my editing queue.  So what I did last year—and will again this year—is to just write 50,000 words on any combination of legitimate projects.  Last year it took me three and a half weeks to get there; maybe I’ll go faster this year.

Now some of that will be for books I’m working on currently.  But one of them is the third draft of a novel, and I’ve never figured out a good word-count conversion for rewrites, and the other is a textbook that requires creating numerous figures and examples as I go, so that word-count builds pretty slowly.

So that’s where the blog comes in:  I’m planning to do about 20,000 of those words by posting essays here, mostly based on a series of dialogues on moral philosophy that I wrote last year for NaNoWriMo which ended up being far too strange to ever be allowed to see the light of day.

So, fair warning.  Follow my blog this month if you like that sort of thing.    I dare say I’ll be bringing in some of the Great Books stuff as well, which I know has been popular here in the past.

 

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