Last night me and Leah went to the bookstore. I forget how we ended up there, but we ended up spending several hours sitting and reading. Leah checked out comedian (and genius) Stephen Colbert's new book. As she sat there, giggling, I read a large swath of the Warren Zevon bio I'LL SLEEP WHEN I'M DEAD. It was a good (but strange) read. I saw a new bio of Hunter S. Thompson that looked interesting...
Somehow, on our way out of the store I found this book of random facts--while Leah was messing around with a puppy calendar...and inside I turned to a section all about literature. One of the "random" facts was that November is National Novel Writing Month.
I remember last year, this really annoying chick in one of my English classes was bragging about doing it. I remember thinking it was pretty lame...what a difference a year makes! Like most people, I need two things to do anything:
1. A deadline
2. A swift kick in the arse to get me jump started.
I'm worried that when I get out of school I'm going to "submit" to the workweek and give up on writing. I could see that happening (easily). Therefore, I'm going to write at least one novel before I graduate. From November 1 to 30 you have to write 50,000 words to "win." The contest was set up by this guy in Oregon, you can read more about it on the official website. The goal is quantity, not quality...it's not about getting it perfect or editing...but just getting it out. I think this is what I need.
I need a writing buddy, someone to share this experience with me...and to help keep me on track. I emailed everyone I know about this...I doubt I'll get any takers--but if you're interested let me know!
This should be interesting.