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Kritique Kritics: I'm Moving In

Sunday, June 1, 2008

I'm Moving In

Today marks the beginning of a challenge for me--the Southern Cross Novel Challenge. Described as the Southern Hemisphere's version of NaNoWriMo, SoCNoC's challenge is to write 50,000 words of fiction in the month of June.

I already have a novel on the board; I've been working on it for almost five years now. That seems like a long time (to me, at least), but a lot has been going on. I began the book shortly after suffering chronic carbon monoxide poisoning--and the writing process has been as much a journey of personal growth as it has been one of story. I'm rebuilding my life as I build my novel.

I envision my novel as a house. Each room is a chapter.

For five years, I've been visiting my house, taking items inside. Some rooms are filled with things, all piled together in disorderly fashion. Here and there is a neat corner, perfectly decorated. Other rooms, though, are still empty.

I haven't been staying in my house--just stopping by when I can, in between other obligations. A morning here, an evening there. A whole weekend, now and again. Weeks can pass with only a few visits, maybe to carry in a new piece when I come across something.

Not anymore.

As of June 1, 2008, I've made the decision to move into my house. It's a big move. Life changing. I still have struggles to deal with; I still have other work to do. But I will live in my house, and work on it each day. And with that dedicated effort, it will soon be finished.

It's time for me to go home.



Blogger Debra Davis Hinkle said...

Go for it!

June 1, 2008 at 5:42 PM  
Blogger Laurie Woodward said...

You go girl! That's the way to write a book. One page at a time.

June 2, 2008 at 9:43 PM  
Blogger Jim Leonard said...

Since I'm a little field mouse looking for food, I'm wondering if your house has any cheese? If the answer is yes, you can expect a visitor.

Also, just how do visitors get to play in that novel you mentioned?

June 3, 2008 at 5:59 AM  

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