So, I have gone off and done this terrible thing of writing my first 51,456 word long draft of fiction on command, i.e. within 30 days. I loved the experience of writing a novel in the cloud using Yarny.com and seeing those bars line up in a bar graph and show me how I write from day to day in spurts here and there every few days with some days not much going on at all like I've landed on an extra wide step and decided to take a nap. Anyway, it was interesting and now I know that it can be done although quality (finesse and subtlety) suffers at the sentential level. What I liked about it most is that I didn't have an outline or anything thought out ahead of time and was still able to tell a story day after day like Scheherazade who had to invent something interesting from day to day in order to stay alive. Surprisingly, when I tried to imagine what it would be like to be this or that character, I could think outside of my personal box and interesting twists could be created. What was particularly difficult was trying to figure out how to end the novel and there were many loose ends that needed to come together at the end. So the last chapter which I thought would be around 1000 words and long enough to tie up loose ends turned into 1739 words and it took some thinking to make sure that all the pieces of the puzzle were there and fit together well. (Further revision means working on those pieces that seem oddly out of place.) On the whole, I think I have a few good ideas in there that I might want to work on in my revisions and I can certainly write more poems and include them since many of my characters are amateur poets who like to get together and share original poetry good or bad. At this point, I'm wondering whether I should upload the file to Smashwords but I don't know if I want the whole world to see the first draft of my unfinished novel, so I probably shouldn't. Now that I know what it means to write by the seat of my pants, I hope to be able to write more steadily, and not only when I'm feeling inspired.