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Monday, November 1, 2010

National Novel Writing Month

It's November 1st, which can only mean one thing.... Well, it could mean any number of things, I guess--succulent turkey, I'm looking at you--but what I'm thinking of specifically is, It's the start of National Novel Writing Month.

I'm sure the project needs no introduction for anyone who'd be stopping by here--and if it does, take a look at the NaNoWriMo website--but the basic idea is, to use the month to complete (start to finish, or wherever-you-are to finish) a workable draft of a novel in just thirty days, with the combined manic energy and zeitgeist of your fellow NaNoWriMo-ers to help spur you on. It is, as the website suggests, "Thirty days and nights of literary abandon." And anything that helps keep you focused on--excited about, obsessed with--the work is a good thing.

For my part, I'm making a NaNoWriMo pledge to post, every day for the month of November, some small piece of advice on getting through your project and (hopefully) making the most of it. Sometimes the advice might be substantial--meaning, wordy as I sometimes tend to be--but most times it'll be just a prompt or tip to help you out. Some days I may not be able to post, but if that's the case, I won't beat myself up. Instead, I'll redouble my efforts the next day so that, by the end of the month, I have 30 tips for novel-writing archived on the website, dealing with whatever issue the spirit moves me to tackle.

So Happy NaNoWriMo, everyone. May the Scorpio moon bring out your inner artist, minus all the moody/brooding stuff.

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