Tuesday, October 05, 2004


Taking time from my lunch break to blog. (Sounds almost dirty, doesn't it?)

I signed up for NANOWRIMO again this year. That stands for National Novel Writing Month. Every November (for the past six years) people commit to writing at least 50,000 words during the month of November. I did it last year, but a lot of it was just plain bad writing, so I have about 25,000 words worth keeping I think. My unfinished manuscript, Reality is Murder, is from last year's contest. I really like the concept and should complete it. It's about a reality show that turns deadly.

The pace of writing is very difficult during November. Writing 50,000 words means that outside of working my two jobs, I won't find much time to do anything else, like watch every television show currently on TV. (Yep, I'm an addict. Hey, maybe there's a story in that.)

I'll try to keep up with my writing, and will post my progress, and maybe even snippets from the manuscript. I dread this, but eagerly anticipate it at the same time. Fodder for books, huh?


Jeff said...

Hey, thats cool that you are writing that much. I think you should write about you perceptions of others at work or on TV and how fake their lives are or how real and what admire-or intergrate them into your book. That would be cool.

Jerilyn Dufresne, author said...

I put attributes of real people in my books, that's for sure. And some of the attributes aren't pretty. But I stop at describing someone that other people will know--like a crazy neighbor that my family will know. That crazy neighbor might be reading my book. :) But I do use characteristics of certain folks. For example, there was a person at church when my kids were younger who was off her meds. And she behaved in a bizarre manner--threw hymnbooks at my kids, etc. I'm going to use her (under a different name) because this was a long time ago and I don't think she'll remember the incident anyway because she was impaired at the time. But if I write about crabby old Aunt Myrtle (who doesn't exist btw), she or her family would read it and just get pissed at me. But thanks for your comments and suggestions. I appreciate it. Is this my brother Jeff or my friend Jeff or an unknown Jeff somewhere in the universe? Jer

that canadian girl said...

Keep writing, it's a talent, it's a personal therapy, and it might just become a treat for the world to read one day!

Enjoying having a little read of your blog on my morning break.

A complete stranger,

Vero @ http://www.thatcanadiangirl.co.uk

Jerilyn Dufresne, author said...

Thanks, Canadian Girl, for your comment. I do intend to keep writing--like acting and comedy, it's in my blood. Jer