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Old 16th Sep 2004, 12:45   #1
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Anyone up for the challenge of writing a novel in a month? National Novel Writing Month runs 1-30th November each year, with a sign-up at the start of October here.

A friend of mine did this last year (average 2,500 words per day) and really valued the push it gave her.

I'll settle for Personal Excruciating Re-drafting Month myself :D
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Hhhhmmm. It's an interesting idea. I have actually started work on something myself now, though it's likely to involve quite a bit of research and so won't be completed for ages, if ever!

But the idea of blasting out a novel has occurred to me. Nothing too adventurous, maybe just a bog standard cliche ridden thriller - and see what happens!
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What a fab idea, just the sort of distraction I need to avoid finishing my own already well overdue bit of work!
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It's tempting as a way to power through something. I'm put off by the fact that "national" means the wrong nation for most here save Jackass et al.
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I've worked out my plot already - it's terrible. All I have to do is make sure I have loads of really short chapters, and that each one ends with some sort of cliff-hanger.

I'm on my way to Dan Brown style millions, people!
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Will this be the much-anticipated Zone Kill, we discussed 'way back'?
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'Fraid not, that books has already been written by someone else, didn't Parsnip (who has been very quiet of late) review it at some point? I believe it featured the hro Spunk Blackstock.

No, this is a totally original idea, which cleverly uses loads of plot devices, characters and storylines from other books and films.

It is called The Race and the hero is a fat bloke (the only concession to orginality) called Lee Hales.

Honestly, literary fame and fortune is most definately ...beckoning.
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literary fame and fortune is most definitely ...beckoning.
...someone else.
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Ignoring that slur from my supposed colleague and friend, I shall move on.

I had a look at The Da Vinci Code in Waterstones just now. It has just under 600 pages, and just over 100 chapters - less than 6 pages per chapter! Plenty of well developed stuff in there, I should imagine...

The idea of this being, I presume, to get people to read just one more chapter and to give a false impression of pace and tension.
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I read the first chapter - where the 'renowned' curator is murdered. It's hilarious, Day 1 Creative Writing Class homework before the red pen got to it.

The story - just to help the background for a sec - is a rehash of The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail (big secrets swept under the carpet by the Vatican, bluergh bluergh) and when the curator is shot he even has asides to himself, declaimed in attention seeking italics:

I must tell the one person who will understand! I must indicate these secrets!

Not verbatim, but pretty damn close. He then trots around the gallery - he's shot in the museum you see - leaving clues for Our Hero before pegging it. Couldn't he have emailed? Couldn't he have sought medical help? Couldn't he have not bothered? Excruciating.

Cack. I'm sure you can do better Wavid.
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