05 May 2010

committing myself.

This is it, folks. I'm setting a deadline, drawing a line in the sand, posting it on the blogs, and making the darn thing official.

I am writing a novel.

Let me say it a little louder:

I am writing a novel.

There. I said it. So far, I have a couple finished(-ish) short stories and am one chapter in. I even like this chapter. It has a girl named Kerrigan in it, which is a name I am rather fond of.

I read somewhere that, in the running world, there's some empircal evidence that more people are completing half and full marathons when they post their goals on social networking sites, like facebook. They're committed -- if they punk out, then they have to tell people and they look silly. And people don't like to look silly.

So here's to me not looking silly and a manuscript on my desk within a year. The pacing? Two chapters a month.

Let it begin...

*I do not recommend clicking on this link. I Googled "line in the sand," which is my preferred method of finding images. It's straight up sophisticated. I liked this one, and wanted to source it. Well, the source is What Now: Right Wing Extremist. Huh. Really? Really. As a fan of NON-Extremism in just about everything, I do not endorse this site, other than to say I liked their picture. I am, however, positive that we would be on different sides of the line.


  1. Oh, how exciting! Looking forward to following your journey down this road. I'm sure you're right that declaring your goals publicly does make it easier to stick to them... and you'll have support from blogland as well! Here's to you and your manuscript indeed.

  2. This is awesome and so exciting!! That research really is true you are much more likely to not punk out if you tell people. So the more people you tell the better. Tell everyone in your life and the next time someone says "what do you do?" answer with "I'm writing a novel" first and then your day job second. Best of luck, keep us posted. If you write it, I will read it!

  3. Good for you! I agree that if you really want to accomplish something it's best to share it with everyone. You'll have all that additional support along the way. How exciting!

  4. Anonymous06 May, 2010

    We're totally gonna hold you to it. I'll personally come over and punch your computer if you don't.
    It is a bit embarrassing not holding through - I told everyone that I'd quite smoking via blog awhile back. And I quit for a week. And started up again. Sigh.
    Anyway, good for you! And congrats. And good luck!

  5. Anne Hindery06 May, 2010

    Ok, I get an autographed copy!

  6. Wow quite ambitious! As a non-writer I'm so impressed.
    Just hack away at it... one chapter at a time, right?

  7. Good for you! You can do it! Two chapters a month is a very good goal. I'm excited for you.

  8. Wow, this is incredible! Good luck, I'll be your blog friend to help push you along. Keep writing, I'm so excited for you!

  9. Hooray for novel writing. It's on my list of things I want to do one day so very envious that you are starting! Keep us updated on the progress:)


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