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Novel Ideas

Every year since 2009 (earlier, actually, but I don’t know how much earlier because it was a different email address. Remember hotmail‽) I have started at least one project over at NaNoWriMo.org. Sometimes I start up a novel during the month of November (the NAtional NOvel WRIting MOnth) and sometimes I do Camp during the summer.

This isn’t the important information. ☝️

The important information is that I have literally never written a novel.

Scrolling back through years of ideas, it gets kind of depressing, honestly. These are fun ideas for good stories. Stories I would love to read.

Why can’t I write them?

I can write. Boy howdy, can I write.

Not only that, but I can write a lot. In fact, I’m quite good at writing.

What I’m not quite good at is writing a lot of fiction. Or writing alone with no input or feedback.

In other words, I’m shit at writing novels.

I’ve got to figure this out, because I’ll be damned if I’m going to go another 13 years coming up with a bunch of good ideas and never getting them down on paper. What do I need? A group? Readers? Cheerleaders? A whole plot so I can just jump around? Some kind of class or program or other built in accountability system?

All of the above?