View from the choir

I am a Catholic layperson and Secular Franciscan with a sense of humor. After years in the back pew watching, I have moved into the choir. It's nice to see faces instead of the backs of heads. But I still maintain God has a sense of humor - and that we are created in God's image.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Swedenborg: The novel

Years ago, I began a Christian "horror" novel. The working title is "Swedenborg" because I had used one of his ideas as a jumping off point. The final title has not been selected.

I wrote about 17,000 words, then stalled.

Plays, short stories, poetry, blogs.

I've probably written more than 100,000 words on those, but not on the novel.

Now that the newspaper blog is over, the most recent play (The Cure) completed and performed, and summer is upon me, I am not going to let other excuses intrude.

By summer's end, I want to approximately double the length of the novel.

So my goal is 35,000 words by August 31. In 71 days. That works out to about 253 words a day.

Of course, I have a week's vacation next week where I'll not be near the computer, and a couple of days in August when I'll be taking Emily back to school. And I have to reread what I've written to get back up to speed (that will take a couple of days), so I really have less that 71 days. More like 55-60.

Figuring 55 days, that's closer to 330 words a day. That's doable on a first draft.

No more excuses. 35,000 words by August 31.

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