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OK, I'm silly

So, I've been seeing on a few people's journals something about a thing called NaNoWriMo, and I finally decided to look it up and find out what the devil they were talking about.

So, yeah, National Novel Writing Month. All of November, people try to frantically write 50,000+ word works of fiction in a month. And, you know, I've been saying that I've wanted to be a writer since I was 8, and what the hell.

So, ta-da, I'm attempting to write 50,000 words before November 30th. Yeah, I probably won't make it, but who cares? Nothing ventured, nothing gained, right?

In case anyone's interested, a brief overview of what this...thing will be about (I think...I did just start yesterday, after all). Oh, and if you have any ideas about a title, I'm all ears.

Synopsis - Marsha Walren, 27, has recently earned her master's degree after several years of working pointless jobs and going to school part-time. Her latest job, writing copy for a Frederick's of Hollywood catalogue, has given her enough money to actually start working toward her goal - being a literary translator (yes I know shush). She's the black sheep of the family, being this old and unmarried, while her younger sister Stacy is following the family's tried and true recipie for success - college, marriage, and eventually children. Stacy is now engaged to Brad, a man who resembles her father in that he's reserved, follows Stacy's lead, and doesn't put up a fight. The book starts six months before the wedding, right after Marsha has received her money from Frederick's of Hollywood.
Stacy and Brad, unbeknownst to her parents (Miles and Sandra), have been living together for about a year. Stacy is now concerned that she may be pregnant. She confides in Marsha, who tells her to find out for sure and not to tell anyone until she knows one way or the other. Brad finds the pregnancy test, however, and freaks. Even though it turns out that she's not pregnant, Brad panics and calls off the wedding. Stacy can't break the news to her parents, and doesn't know exactly what to do now because she has already given notice at her job, and must move out if she and Brad aren't going to get married.
Meanwhile, Marsha's work towards her goal is starting to pay off. She's been asked to be a translator/editor on a literary magazine that publishes in England. Unfortunately, this means that she needs to move to England and start all over again. Essentially, Marsha and Stacy switch places as black sheep and golden child of the family.

I haven't quite figured out how to resolve everything, but it's a ton more than I had when I started yesterday.

Ahhhh...need more words!


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Nov. 18th, 2003 09:04 pm (UTC)
Yay for NaNoWriMo!

There are portland meetups on Wednesdays and Saturdays as well! (I won't be able to make the next two Wed ones, but I will be there this saturday.) Check out the Portland, OR forum for details on that.

And welcome to the world of NaNo! (which has given my lj more activity than anything else since I started it. Yay for writing.)
Nov. 19th, 2003 08:08 am (UTC)
As soon as I'm done goofing off on LJ here, I'm going to finish Chapter 16 of mine, then start 17. We've got a Wednesday night NaNo group here in Madison that I'll go hang out at.

Anyway, get to work, and keep writing. Woo!
Nov. 19th, 2003 03:54 pm (UTC)
Have you seen Paul's novel? It's not doing so well, perhaps because David's seems to be the only contributer. Not to knock David, but he's a little out there...

~me :*
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