As October winds down, I find myself preparing for NaNoWriMo or National Novel Writing Month. If you have ever wanted to write a novel, but always get stopped for some reason along the way, this is your excuse to really do it. The idea is that you and thousands of others around the world will all start writing a novel on November 1 and finish at least 50,000 words by November 30. There is even a website where you can sign up…..

I have participated in NaNoWriMo several times in the past, but never in consecutive years. I will be the first to admit that I have never finished 50,000 words in a month. But one year I finished 36,000 words. And another year I got a really good start on one of my books, which I then finished by the following March. So NaNoWriMo can be helpful in many ways, not just the way it was intended.

If you like the support of an online community, the website is a great place to start. Just sign up, write a little intro about yourself and your book (if you already know what you are going to write about), then you can join others in your area who are also participating. There are many events where people get together at local coffee shops, etc to meet and trade notes. Why not?

Or maybe you are a recluse like myself who doesn’t want all the social interaction. Or you just consider it a distraction. In that case the website also offers resources and stats for you to track your progress and realistically understand how you are doing. Give it a try. Why not?

Talk is cheap. If you know somebody who has been telling you they have a story that would make a great book, challenge them to write it. You can compete to see who will write the most words. Maybe the loser has to take the winner out to lunch. Whatever works. Just give it a try. Writing can be fun and exciting as your characters start to come alive. And even if you don’t succeed, like me, you can always finish up later or wait for NaNoWriMo in 2019.

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