Are you a legal or professional writer who gazes longingly at the fiction writers, wishing you could tap into that creative side and pen the newest New York Times bestseller? I have one question for you: what are you waiting for?
Darling Hill reports that November is National Novel Writing Month and the challenge has been laid down – write a 175 page or 50,000 word novel in 30 days. Called NaNoWriMo, the pursuit rewards “enthusiasm and perseverance over pain-staking craft.” There were over 100,000 participants in 2007 and more than 15,000 crossed the finish line by the deadline. The contest brought would-be novelists from all walks of professional life. But name me someone better than a lawyer at writing quantity within a short time frame?
Sure you have briefs, motions, memoranda, demand letters, contracts, leases and other documents to write during the work day. But there is always lunch, coffee break, the middle of the night, the train, the bus, the subway, the doctor’s office, the gas station line, the supermarket check out line, the auto repair waiting room, the airport, the red light …..