A Mad Idea

Day Four: Unknown of 50,000 words

We’ve all heard the advice to write what you know.

Less common is the advice to write what you want to know. This is the school of thoughts tend to subscribe to, and I’ve been finding that when I learn something in the course of writing it sticks in my memory so much more easily (if only I’d been writing horror stories while studying human anatomy, I might actually remember some of it).

So I thought, maybe this month, I’d try writing to find out about things I want to know more about. Simple things. Like blogging. And because it’s finally spring here in Utah, cleaning.

I’ll spare you how I got to my final conclusion, but needless to say I’ve begun writing a novel in blog format from the point of view of a faerie learning to live life (clean, cook, work, etc) without the help of magic, and she’s decided to blog about it as a self help guide for others in a similar situation. Of course, there is more to the plot than that, but we’ll just have to see where that leads.

Then I thought: well, if it’s in blog format… Why don’t I just make a blog? Register the domain and write and respond to comments and all that jazz. The whole novel will be online for all to see my shitty shitty first drafts.

It’s a stupid idea.


Seriously daft.

I just posted the first installment at domesticatedpixie.wordpress.com.

Feel free to play along. I’d love to have comments from other “faeries” and such. It’s a pretty wide open world I’m writing in.

P.S. And a quick confession: I have actually written somewhere around 7,000 words this month, but they have been on another unrelated project. I like to pretend that this is me training for writing two novels in November, but that is only a half truth. In honesty, I cannot seem to put my January novel down. Ok, I feel better now.

2 thoughts on “A Mad Idea

  1. Ah, what a cool idea! I’ll subscribe to the blog.
    I’ve just been trying to get back into the swing of things. I haven’t been able to blog the same way since the end of last year.
    Good luck!

  2. Mad is good. OK … I keep telling myself that. But at least mad is interesting. And it is a necessary quality for a great writer to have, I think.

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