A Novel Idea

If you see me posting here at all in the month of March scold me vehemently unless I’ve said something like “I got my 1666.6666 words done today!” That’s right, I’ve joined the cult of Chris Baty, meaning I’ve recently finished reading No Plot? No Problem!: A Low-Stress, High-Velocity Guide to Writing a Novel in 30 Days. The official National Novel Writing Month begins in November, but I can’t wait that long. Instead I will (hopefully!) spend the merry, merry month of March engaged in writing a 50,000 word novel (an average of 1666.6666 words or so per day) The result will most certainly be a novel fit for kindling, but at least it’s a starting point and, with oil prices so high, extra kindling could certainly come in handy. So, my dear 3 readers, be vigilant! If you see me posting here without the above mentioned phrase feel free to kick my ass. Metaphorically speaking.


About R.J. Keller

R. J. Keller is the author of Waiting For Spring. An avid independent movie enthusiast, she was Managing Editor of The Movie Fanatic website and created episodes of the writer-centric YouTube series, Inside The Writers' Studio, with author Kristen Tsetsi. She co-hosted Book Chatter with Stacey Cochran from 2011-2014. She lives in Central Maine with her family, where she enjoys gardening, collecting geeky memorabilia, and watching other people cook. View all posts by R.J. Keller

7 responses to “A Novel Idea

  • yankswon

    What it is the plot?

    Do you need fodder for a legal thriller? Call me.

  • Kel Smiley

    Hey YW!
    I’m sticking with what I know for now: life in a small New England town as seen through the eyes of a quirky, uppity woman who doesn’t read Ephesians and is nursing a bitter grudge against a certain former Red Sox player. The plot is a bit vague right now, but I envision a mystery involving the said former centerfielder, a missing World Series ring and a couple dozen eggs. If there is a trial I may need to bring in a virtuous midwestern defense lawyer about halfway through to save the day. I’ll keep you posted.

  • yankswon

    Your novel is nothing unless you find room in it for a former MLB pitcher who lives in Craftsberry, VT.

  • Kel Smiley


    In a chapter I wrote last night, two characters sit in a bar and debate the merits of a certain former MLB pitcher currently residing in Craftsberry, VT. I wrote it just for you.

    I am superserious.

  • Erin

    Did you hear Johny Damon is hurt? I’ll be your alibi witness.

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