As some of you may know, this month I am participating in National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo.

This means that I am attempting to write a 50,000 word novel during the month of November.

What!

I only learned about the existence of NaNoWriMo last Friday. And I only really started my novel…today. So far I have just under 2,000 words. But I’m sallying forth! It’s a really neat idea, and awesome website and what appears to be a kickass community of other crazy writers. It feels very exciting to be working on this giant project at the same time as all these other equally enthusiastic and terrified writers, and it makes you feel much less alone to know that everyone else is struggling toward the same goal as you, just in all sorts of different ways.

But what I like best about the idea of NaNoWriMo is that it gives you a hard and fast deadline and goal, and urges you to just WRITE WRITE WRITE and not worry about it. You can edit later, you can freak out later, you can criticize and judge every little sentence you write and word you choose…LATER! For now, just write write write.  While reminds me of how I used to feel when I was younger and the only thing I ever wanted to do was have peace and quiet and time alone at the computer so I could write and enjoy every minute of it.

So far it’s been pretty freaking awesome! But I might be a little scarce on the blog over the next 2 weeks. Now you know why! And if you’re doing NaNoWriMo too, look me up! My username is Couriernew.

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