Saturday, November 27, 2010

New Notions

Sadly, I have fallen off Nanowrimo. I'm too behind and too busy with homework recently to finish the 50,000 word goal. However, I successfully got to 24,000, and I'm happy that I got such progress on a project I've been thinking about for so long. I am looking forward to finishing that project in the coming months, but I have other things that demand my attention a lot sooner. I wish everybody who's still participating the best of luck and blessing that they can get to that finish line. As for me, here's to next year!

Meanwhile, while researching some alternative self-promotion techniques, I ran across this blog where the author Nina Amir blogs about blogging a book...while she's in the process of doing that herself. While it took me awhile to wrap my mind around her approach to writing, I got curious about whether it could apply to fiction. I read through some of her posts, and it is definitely geared toward non-fiction works, however I saw a lot of sense in some of what she says.

So, here's my idea: take a novel you're working on, or want to work on, any one, and write it via blog. You could make an entirely new blog dedicated to the project and make your updates your word count for that day, or you could take one blog you're already managing and just do a post a week with an excerpt, any approach! Heck, sites like and function on this very principle and have a very loyal following. I, for one, am very excited about trying this idea. Sure it's going to be challenging posting a rough draft for the world to see, but I might get some good feedback and a readership in the process. I honestly have nothing to lose, either, so why not give it a shot?

Tell me, what do you think of this idea? You think you might undertake it yourself, or some kind of variation on it? If not, why? If so, why?


  1. It is a shame to hear this, but such is life. I myself have reached the 2,000,000 word mark just yesterday...I'm not sure if I should start on a 50th novel or not...

    Anyways, it sounds like a wonderful idea, I would be happy to give insight to your writing.

  2. Nanowrimo killed me. It's only my first year, and I'm not quite ready to just give up, but I'm pretty sure I'll have to start thinking of next year because it was actually a lot of fun.

    As for this idea of yours, blogging a novel, it sounds quite interesting. I'm not sure that I'd be brave enough to try it. But, I'm more than happy to provide feedback! =)