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NaNoWriMo

November is National Novel Writing Month. This will be my first time participating. The goal is to write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. The goal is quantity, not quality. It doesn't have to be publishable; it doesn't even have to be good. It just has to be done.

This should be a fantastic exercise for me, since I am the queen of Starting-and-Never-Finishing. So this will also be my first novel ever. I'll be perfectly happy if this is never publishable anywhere---I just want to learn from it. So if I'm perfectly happy to throw it away, I'll have no excuse for stopping and throwing it out before I'm done.

I'd like to write a story about the soldier who got his ear cut off at Gethsemane when Jesus was arrested. I've always figured that his life must have took an interesting turn after that experience.

The time of Jesus was a very significant period in history, and I have learned that I know precious little about it. I only decided to do NaNo in mid-September. I've started researching, but the more I read the more I realize how little I know. I can't even come up with a plot before I know how life was lived. (I'm waiting for No Plot? No Problem! to be turned back in to my library so I can read it). I'm hoping I'll be able to write a semi-believable historical fiction come November.

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sovereigna
Sep. 29th, 2005 04:14 am (UTC)
Sounds very interesting! I've read a few stories written based on walk-on characters from the bible, and they've all been fabulous reads-- but I imagine hard to write. Good luck with it! Hope you achieve everything you set out to achieve! :)
ahavah
Sep. 29th, 2005 04:21 am (UTC)
Thanks---I'll definitely need the luck!

What good ones have you read? I have been reading Orson Scott Card's 'Women of Genesis' series, hoping that I gain something by osmosis. I'm a big fan of his. And a few friends suggested The Red Tent, which I never got around to reading, so that's also on my list.
sovereigna
Sep. 30th, 2005 12:43 am (UTC)
I've read Francine Rivers Lineage of Grace stories on Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, Bathsheba & Mary, and also many years ago a story on the man who carried the cross for Jesus, but I don't remember what it was called. There's also a song that was written about that as well.

These are fabulous because it does show some insight into what they had to go through, but I can imagine it does invole a lot of knowledge on those particular time periods.

But the important thing is that you feel inspired to write about this, and that can carry you. Happy writing :)
ahavah
Oct. 1st, 2005 02:54 am (UTC)
Thanks so much! I'll look for Lineage of Grace.
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