I Caught the Fever of NaNoWriMo

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Today is November 1, which for pantsers everywhere is the official first day of writing 50,000 words. In the words of those who put National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) together: “On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30. Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought about writing a novel.”

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Sure, I value enthusiasm, determination, and deadlines, making me susceptible (once again) to the craze that I’ve been reading about on writing sites and blogs everywhere.

I participated in NaNoWriMo thrice before, in ’10, ’11 and ’12, and all times I’d created novels that wouldn’t otherwise exist if not for this organization. Yes, I have found value and success and hope in the NaNoWriMo experience.

Last week I mentioned that I was in the middle of three various novels, all at different stages, so…

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