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Can You Write Like Stephen King in Just a Month?

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Posted: 07:49PM

Have you ever thought about writing a fiction novel, but never got around to it? Maybe you have constant writer's block syndrome, or you just can't find the perfect opening sentence? National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) might be able to change all that. For the entire month of November, NaNoWriMo just wants you to write – 50,000 words worth for you wannabe Wordsworths, to be exact. That's 2,000 words per day for 25 days, or 500 words per hour for four hours a day for those 25 days. That's approximately how much Stephen King writes a day. If you're an OCC forum regular, you probably write at least 100 words wrapped up in emoticons and troll banter in a span of five minutes. Think of it this way, even if you fail, at least you started writing, right? That's all that NaNoWriMo is trying to do. At least check it out, there aren't any late fees.

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Guest_Jim_* on November 4, 2010 04:25AM
My records are 57824 words in ~26 days and 63658 words in 42 days. It helps when you're not in school though. So it is doable and good luck to whoever tries.
Nemo on November 4, 2010 04:38AM
Sounds like you're ready to be a news editor :)
El_Capitan on November 4, 2010 04:56AM
Holy smokes, Jim! What did you write about?
Guest_Jim_* on November 4, 2010 07:07PM
This, that, and another thing. Let me see, the ~26 day book was a second draft of a sequel to another book I had written (not published if you're thinking that, right now, just hobby). So I already knew what was going into that, and even used 9 pages from the previous draft. The 63658 word story in 42 days though, that has a more interesting history to it. It took two months from when I first had the idea for the book to finishing that first draft (two weeks between idea and writing as I hadn't thought of the type of story right away). I consider this one my record because it was a first draft and I was creating it as I wrote, as there was no first draft to improve on. Anyhow, I'd rather not say what I wrote about, until I finish refining them. Then I'll get them out there some how. I will say this though, some aspects in the 42 day will seem familiar to members of OCC.
El_Capitan on November 5, 2010 05:53AM
Dude, that's pretty cool. Editing's the toughest part, imo. It's so hard to leave stuff out that you want to keep.

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