It's the afternoon of November 1st, and I'm on the verge of falling asleep as I type. Today is the first day of National Novel Writing Month, and I've hammered out my first 2,000 words (2037 to be exact) of what will be a first draft with a minimum of 50,000 words by the last day of the month. I wrote about this in a previous post.
Last night, Halloween, I decided to hit the ground running on the project, and after I'd finished distributing candy to costumed children, I stayed up until midnight so that in the first seconds of November 1st I could begin writing the first chapter of the novel. I worked from midnight until 1:20, slept for a few hours, then spent another hour writing. My plan is to work on the novel for a minimum of 3 hours per day, which should put me on track to reach 50,000 words early.
Of course in thirty days I'm not creating great literature. This is the first draft of a formulaic science fiction novel. After thirty days I'll begin editing and rewriting. I expect to have a publishable novel within about three months.
But now, I think I'm going to take a quick nap.