August 22, 2004


You have heard of the The Marshall Plan---or if you haven't, the phrase is a LINK so NOW you have, and if you are anti-link, all you need to know is, it's a method for writing a novel. There are all sorts of methods and plans and books explaining ways of writing a novel, but this chick I know named dej has her own plan.
It's called BITCH OK!

Actually she writes it as BITCHOK, but I can't pronounce that. BI-Chok? buh-CHOK? I prefer to call it BITCH OK! With an exclamation point. Because EVERYONE knows how to pronounce THAT. I also think that if you pronounce it MY way, it implies that it is OK! to bitch about the hideous and somewhat maso-sadi-chistic process of DRAFTING as long as you continue to work as you whine.

At any rate, however you spell or say it, it's an acronym for dej's method of novel writing, and it means this: Butt in the chair, hands on the keyboard.

Sadly, the BITCH OK method is no longer working for me. Did I mention I am packing everything I own because we MOVE on Friday? First of all, YAY. Because dreamhouse etc etc. BUT. I REALLY needed to get a complete draft before I MOVE. Not going to happen.

Unless! Unless I go with a NEW plan that I am going to call.... BITCH OK AT:

butt in the chair. hands on keyboard. actually typing.


butt in the chair. hands on keyboard. actually typing. your novel, not another e-mail. dork.

I am supposed to have the COMPLETE draft by, um, wednesday. As I sit here actually typing THIS, I have 13 of 15 chapters, 73,000 out of what will probably end up being 80,000-85,000 words. WE WILL JUST SEE THEN WON'T WE. I cordially invite all the people I love to NOT HOLD THEIR BREATH. It would probably end in asphyxiation and doom.

Posted by joshilyn at August 22, 2004 4:12 PM

You can do it!! I have complete faith!!!!!! Hope the move goes well.

Posted by: Tiff at August 22, 2004 4:43 PM

The Marshall Plan can be used to write books? Cool! And I thought it was only used to save Europe from economic ruin following a world war.

You learn something new every day.

Posted by: Mr. Husband at August 22, 2004 9:54 PM

You are an AWESOME writer. You can do it! And stop Blogging. Those were words you could have put on your next book. I have to run around fussing at everyone? :D

Posted by: AGK at August 23, 2004 8:52 AM

I'll stop blogging when they pry from my cold dead brain. Or something.

Actually a blog entry usually means a GOOD writing day on the novel....blogging wakes up whatever little part of my brain it is that writes. It's like stretching.

THIS entry, for example, got me started on CHAPTER 14 la la la.

Posted by: Joshilyn at August 23, 2004 3:09 PM

I would comment, but I'm holding my breath.

Posted by: Kira at August 23, 2004 3:21 PM

And STILL you found time to be my taxi service - this proves you are a wonderful human being who is going directly to Heaven, extra pounds or no. Sorry I read the Blog out of order if this makes no sense. I HEART U!!

Posted by: Amy at August 26, 2004 10:18 PM