This blog will probably be silent for the next month as I pour all of my writing energy into a novel. I've always considered myself a writer even though I have gone long periods without writing any stories. But even during those periods, I was writing something. Writing a Facebook status is writing something. And I've written two blogs over the past few years, a pro-life one and this one on art modeling.
I started the novel a little over a week ago, and I'm about 4,000 words into it. I've taken the last couple of days off from writing to finish the book I've been reading (Stephen King's 11/22/63 which I highly recommend) and to prepare myself for the big National Novel Writing Month. Technically, I should be starting from scratch on November 1st, but doing the 50,000 words in 30 days challenge was something that just hit me in the last couple of days. So, if I do get 50,000 words by November 30th, my novel will be sitting at around 54,000 words. And to be marketable, it needs to be around 70 to 80 thousand words. And I very much want it to be marketable. Being an author doesn't have to make me rich, but if it would just replace the income from my full time IT job and allow me more time to model, then I would be a very happy camper.
And by the way, the novel will center around two art models who first meet when they model for an art class together. Their relationship develops when they participate in an unconventional and controversial anti-abortion protest. So the novel will be a blending of my two blogs and will deal with such uncontroversial subjects as religion, sex, and politics. It's something that I hope takes on a life of its own. I'd much rather create my characters and let them determine where this thing goes rather than scripting the entire thing. I'm hoping that writing that many words in that short of a time frame sparks that very thing.