NaNoWriMo Day 6

Word Count at Midnight: 6840

That’s right. Sunday only garnered 23 words. I have no excuses, but I will point out I did produce words.

Day 6 of the Everyday Novelist warns us to NOT fight cliche too much. We need to respect the shape our story wants to take. As the Bible reminds us “What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.”

As Sawyer says, I am hearing "this is just a knock off of $NOVEL". This is somewhat intentional as I am using $NOVEL as a model of early structure and incident. No less a light than Michael Moorcock has endorsed this method saying, “Find an author you admire (mine was Conrad) and copy their plots and characters in order to tell your own story, just as people learn to draw and paint by copying the masters.”

My model this time is not so lofted as Conrad but for one short story in the past it was M. R. James. In both cases I used them to show me a structure which I filled in with my own variant on the tale. I am not ashamed of this, not at less than 10,000 words of completed fiction under my belt. The trip to 1,000,000 words has a lot of steps and just as my jazz improv was very much stolen from Miles Davis the first few times I had a clue so is my writing by stories I have enjoyed reading.

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