30 Days of Writing


Tomorrow begins the first day of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), a time of year when unpublished writers attempt to hammer out a classic within 30 days. The Independent has an interesting article on some famous novelists throughout history who’ve managed to create a classic in under a month.

Included on that list, naturally, is Jack Kerouac. Kerouac famously wrote On the Road in one sitting, although that’s only true if you ignore the years of note taking prior to writing, and the years of editing that followed. Ginsberg is not included (perhaps as he was never a novelist) but he liked to take Kerouac’s approach and use Benzedrine to focus himself for up to 24 hrs of furious writing, and passages from ‘Howl’ and ‘Kaddish’ were thusly composed.

Related posts:

The Beats & Sixties Counterculture
The 1960s are associated with what Frank calls ‘the big change, the birthplace of our own ...
Happy Birthday, Jack
Today would've been Jack Kerouac's 90th birthday. Although he's been dead a long time, his...
Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face: Favorite Saint of Gabrielle Ange L’Evesque Kerou...
Thérèse Martin (1873-1897) was four years old when her mother died. She entered the Carmel...
Allen Ginsberg at Nirvana's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction
A couple of days ago, Michael Stipe took the stage to introduce a night of celebrations of...
Sal’s Sad New Jersey
Hoboken apartment Paterson Lincoln Tunnel Paterson and the Passaic Holland Tunnel “ . . . ...
The Greatest Road Movie Never Made
 Brando should have played Dean; Jack’s 1957 letter to Marlon asking him to...

David S. Wills

Posts Twitter Facebook

David S. Wills is the founder and editor of Beatdom literary journal and the author of Scientologist! William S. Burroughs the Weird Cult.He travels a lot and currently lectures in China. He also runs an ESL website. You can read more about and by David at his blog, www.davidswills.com or on Tumblr.

5 responses to 30 Days of Writing

  1. Pretty nice post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to say that I have really enjoyed browsing your blog posts. In any case I’ll be subscribing to your feed and I hope you write again soon!

  2. There are only two ways of telling the complete truth–anonymously and posthumously.

  3. I know you probably have to disagree, but if you can’t beat them, join them.

Leave a Reply

Text formatting is available via select HTML. <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>