Month Long Novelist Agreement and Statement of Understanding

October 30, 2006

I hereby pledge my intent to write a 50,000-word novel in one month’s time. By invoking an absurb, month long dealine on such an enormous undertaking, I understand that notions of “craft,” “brilliance,” and “competency” are to be chucked right out of the window, where they will remain, ignored until they are retrieved for the edxiting process. I understand that I am a talented person, capable of heroic acts of creativity, and I will give myself enough time over the course of the next month to allow my inate gifts to come to the surface, unmolested by self doubt, self-criticism, and other acts of self-bullying.

During the month ahead, I realise that I will produce clunky dialogue, cliched characters, and deeply flawed plots. I agree that all of these things will be left in my rough draft t, to be corrected and/or excised at a later point. I understand my right to withhold my manuscript from all readers until I deem it completed. I also acknowledge my right as author to substantially inflate both the quality of the rough draft and the rigors of the writing process should such inflation prove useful in garnering me respect and attention, or freedom from participation in onerous household chores.

I acknowledge that the month long, 50, 000-word deadline I set for myself is absolute and unchangeable, and that any failure to meet the deadline, or any effort on my part to move the deadline once the adventure has begun, will invite well deserved mockery from friends and family. I also acknowledge that, upon successful completion of the stated noveling objective, I am entitled to a period of gleeful celebration and revelry, the duration of which may preclude me for participating fully in workplace activities for days, if not weeks, afterward.


30th October 2006

Novel start date: 1st November 2006
Novel deadline: 30th November 2006

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So there it is. The reason that I was trying to find time a couple weeks ago. The reason that I have been trying to keep the whole of November free. The reason that I have been trying to get all my Christmas shopping done months early.

I think I am totally mental but you never know what you can do until you try. I feel a million things rightt now, eager to start, scared of that blank page, the first sentence. Ideas float around behind my eyes which I am scared to try and grasp in case they disappear like smoke. The words are in there I am sure. The best thing about it is that I know it will be bad, I just have to get 50,000 words onto a page in something that resembles a story. Just one great big blog post?

This is post number 519. I think I should have practiced enough.

We will see!

I have no idea whether I will want to post here, or have time to post here but please come and see me and check out my word count on the little widget on the sidebar and see how I am getting mon. Care package to the normal address. Words of encouragement in the comments section please.


  • Reply Anonymous October 30, 2006 at 11:55 pm

    That’s crazy!

    Good luck 🙂

  • Reply soulmining October 31, 2006 at 1:15 am

    Good luck!

    Can your novel involve a vat of boiling custard please. Just a suggestion.

  • Reply Anonymous October 31, 2006 at 2:49 pm

    Good luck! You can do it 🙂

  • Reply Clearlykels October 31, 2006 at 3:58 pm

    Good luck! I love a person with a plan!

  • Reply AnonymousCoworker October 31, 2006 at 6:04 pm

    Best of luck with NaNoWriMo!

  • Reply kate October 31, 2006 at 6:47 pm

    that is quite a goal you’ve set for yourself kel. very ambitious. i’m proud of you. good luck.

  • Reply dragonfly October 31, 2006 at 6:49 pm

    Ok, where’d you get the nifty icon that shows your word count? I can’t find it.

  • Reply Anonymous October 31, 2006 at 7:29 pm

    i believe in you! best of luck in advance ~ c.f.

  • Reply Will November 1, 2006 at 10:06 pm

    Good luck! Get it all down, then you can spend the next five years rewriting it. Woo-hah!

  • Reply Kuntry Konfession November 2, 2006 at 2:17 am

    you go gurl! rah rah rah! go ahead and plunge into the empty space of the wonderous blank pages with a pen as a wand!!!!! fairy have wings! fairy have wand! go fairy go!

  • Reply Huw November 2, 2006 at 1:35 pm

    I think I should have a brief cameo role, somewhere around words 11,000 to 11,400.

    Just think, once you’ve finished you can come out on the bloggers booze up to celebrate.

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