The hallway was surprisingly silent. Glaring but ineffective lights lined the ceiling above the corridor where the footsteps of a slight, uniformed figure hurried to reach the end. The nurse could not see far enough into each cell to distinguish the drugged and sleeping patients. She was quite sure that she did not want to be there.
Thus begins Progress to Grey, a new novel written this month by Kenzie Doyle. This is National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo. The challenge is to write an entire novel of 50,000 words or more, from start to finish, during November. Kenzie finished this afternoon, with 4 days to spare: word count = 50,055. That’s 2,000 words a day. Plus she continued to get all her homework done and, best of all, she didn’t whine about it.
Here’s the info on the email announcement sent by the author to the first invited readers:
Tagline: Instability is the only path away from self-delusion
Rating: PG-13 to R
Warnings: Violence, depictions of insanity, weird messages, etc.
Dedications: Rachel and Kerry, for also participating and letting me blab about my word count to them.
Sophie and Alexandra, for supporting me and just being great friends who are more objective, since you weren’t panicking about your own stories.
My parents, for actually thinking that this is an interesting project and putting up with flurries of self-loathing and bragging.
And to various authors, actors, musicians, and directors, for creating worlds and characters that I could steal and change, and for providing a soundtrack for my writing.
Apologies: I’m sorry if I suck at talking to you enough, especially during November, and for bragging SO MUCH. Also, I’m sorry that this isn’t edited and probably has a lot of sentences and scenes that make no sense. (I’m also sorry that I’m making so much of a bit deal about this for no reason…uh…yeah.)
And now…Here it is!!