8 thoughts on “(American) National Novel Writing Month or ‘Exploding in a Shower of Blood’”

  1. … ‘explode in a shower of blood’?! I love it. I’d write one with that title if I had the time.

    Aliya

  2. Hah, good one.

    Novella? Yeah, I sup­pose that fits in the grand lit­er­ary tra­di­tion. I’m all for rede­fin­ing the nov­el towards people with short atten­tion spans. 120–200 pages seems ideal to me. Economy!

  3. Great dis­sec­tion of Mark’s post, Doctor Hocking!

    At first I found his post quite snob­bish and con­des­cend­ing… Then I saw through it and real­ised that it was just a writer being hor­ri­fied at the thought of ama­teurs step­ping into his turf.

    But we’re all ama­teurs until we get pub­lished, aren’t we?

    Writing is a very odd busi­ness. I earn my liv­ing writ­ing (not nov­els, unfor­tu­nately) but I am aware that:

    1: I got my job by know­ing the right per­son at the right time and hav­ing the chutzpah and focus to deliv­er some­thing by the dead­line. Talent and abil­ity wasn’t the major reas­on I was hired.

    2: Every time I com­plain about my paycheque, I think of the queue of tal­en­ted people who’d do my job bet­ter, for less pay.

    Anybody who earns a liv­ing from writ­ing is very lucky.

  4. Thanks for your com­ment, Rolski. I think it’s def­in­itely true that we’re all ama­teurs until we get pub­lished. And its so easy to dis­cour­age (by coin­cid­ence, it seems to be the worst writers who do this dis­cour­aging…)

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