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The Line of Letters

Planning

Jason Arnett

http://www2.ljworld.com/users/JArnett/photos/2010/oct/7/199948/ It’s October already? It’s time to read some Ray Bradbury stories, or some Neil Gaiman, maybe. My writer’s group is, of course, preparing for [NaNoWriMo][1]. We met last weekend and there are other meetings coming up where members of the group will get together and bounce ideas off one ...

Forward

Jason Arnett

I’m fortunate and very grateful to have been selected as one of the winners of the Journal-World’s NaNoWriMo contest. I’m stunned that I get five hardbound copies of my novel, OverTime. I hadn’t planned to do anything with it other than flip through a printed copy before I put it ...

Done.

Jason Arnett

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Nov/28/nano_09_winner_120x240.png I’ve written 58,248 (official) words on OverTime, my second NaNoWriMo novel in as many years. It feels good to’ve won and to be done at the same time. So now what? This was the question that plagued me last year and I solved it by buying a domain with ...

The Home Stretch

Jason Arnett

Today I passed the 50,000-word mark, which makes me a NaNoWriMo winner. I’m excited about meeting the base goal, believe me, but since it’s the second time I’ve done it, it’s not as much a jump up and yell kind of thing as it was last year. I’m still about ...

Excerpt

Jason Arnett

Here’s an excerpt from near the beginning of my novel: Penny came into the living room dressed in a red t-shirt and sweats, wearing moccasins that clicked on the hardwood of the hall. “Munin?” The amnesiac was looking out the huge bay window. He seemed to be looking not at ...

Pep

Jason Arnett

The comic book writer/novelist/internet curmudgeon Warren Ellis says that half of all writing is staring off into the distance and thinking what comes next. When I’ve been staring off into the distance lately I get the ideas for more stories that are better than the one I’m writing. I’ve learned ...

Mark.

Jason Arnett

Halfway there. I hit the 25,000-word mark sometime last Tuesday, and yesterday I made it over 31,000. In case you’re just joining us, the idea of NaNoWriMo is to write a 50,000-word novel in thirty days, which I did last year in about 25 days. My goal this year was ...

Guts

Jason Arnett

There’s a quote attributed to Leonard Bernstein cited on promotional materials for NaNoWriMo: “To achieve great things, two things are needed: a plan and not quite enough time.” That really sums up what NaNoWriMo is all about. We come in and we think we know what we want to write. ...

December is for editing

Jason Arnett

Seven days of writing have produced 15,000+ words for this year’s NaNoWriMo story. Some of the words are good, fewer very good, and the vast majority are just okay. It’s easy to string letters together to form words, then sentences and finally paragraphs that express an idea. What’s difficult is ...

November Is For Writing

Jason Arnett

Hi, I'm Jason. I'm working on writing a 50,000+ word novel completely in 30 days as part of NaNoWriMo or National Novel Writing Month. November is what everyone who's not playing along calls the month. Those in the know call it 'NaNo' and those who participate are 'WriMos'. (I think ...

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