The Writing Life, an article by Stephen King:
Dig this: The so-called “writing life” is basically sitting on your ass.
The only things that can teach writing are reading, writing and the semi-domestication of one’s muse. These are all activities one must pursue alone.
Read his book On Writing for some great advice about writing and his life.
November is the annual National Novel Writing Month (NNWM):
Participants begin writing November 1. The goal is to write a 175-page (50,000-word) novel by midnight, November 30.
Because of the limited writing window, the ONLY thing that matters in NaNoWriMo is output. It’s all about quantity, not quality. The kamikaze approach forces you to lower your expectations, take risks, and write on the fly.
Make no mistake: You will be writing a lot of crap. And that’s a good thing. By forcing yourself to write so intensely, you are giving yourself permission to make mistakes.
I found out about this through Rebecca’s website last November, where she wrote about her progress.
50,000 words in 30 days would be 1,667 words a day, 69 words per hour; but given I’ll probably spend an hour or two a day at it, I would have to churn out 834 to 1,667 words a day. That’s a lot. It took me an hour to write this 130-ish word post for Christ’s sake.
When you sign up you get a public profile, which you can use to track your progress, add support buddies, and see statistics from other participants. It’s in Flash, but they have an HTML version.
I better start making a novel outline now, although writing THAT could be considered part of the event, I suppose.
This is incredible: soft tissue of a Tyrannosaurus rex was found:
…soft tissue that had seemingly resisted fossilization still existed inside the bone. This tissue, including blood vessels, bone cells, and perhaps even blood cells, was so well preserved that it was still stretchy and flexible.
I just read Tyrannosaur Canyon, a bad novel that revolved around that same premise, except the remains had a deadly bacteria that could kill everything.