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Besides programming I am working on a personal project -- writing a novel.
 
This is a project I started in 1994 and dropped shortly after due to other things in my life at the time.  I have recently picked it back up. 
 
I have always enjoyed writing and the exercise has been strangely cathartic.  Basically the rough draft is around 75,000 words, slightly less than half done.  I'm a little worried about getting everything into 200,000 words but I will burn that bridge when I get to it.
I don't know the first thing about getting a book published but I assume if it is good that will happen naturally -- of course it can be like everything else in my life and not happen whether it is good or not.
So, I have no plan for getting it published and frankly I don't even want to think about it at this time. When I told that to my ever-forbearing wife she asked me why I was writing it which is a good question.  I guess I just feel like it.
 
Actually when I think about it, it is somewhat like programming in that when you are done and everything works you get that satisfied feeling of having created something of value. When I finish a chapter and re-read it and I like what I read, I get the same feeling. It is slightly different, writing a novel is a different type of creativity after all, but it is very rewarding.
Posted on Tuesday, November 18, 2008 11:29 AM Writing a Novel , Programming (General) | Back to top


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Keep us updated on your progress for the novel! I'm also in the same boat - writing one for the personal gratification but finding the time seems to be a huge challenge. I'd be interested in hearing your experiences with trying to get published when the time comes. Best of luck!
Left by Jerod Crump on Nov 18, 2008 11:52 AM

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Thanks Jerod, will do.

I figure it will take awhile to write so the time doesn't bother me too much. How far along are you with your novel?
Left by CMD on Nov 18, 2008 3:47 PM

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