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Happy NaNoWriMo!

Welcome back to normal life after your night as a ghoul, goblin, or (in Erin’s case) a bag of meth!
 It’s a Friday, and in my case it’s the weekend. This week was crazy long even though it was only 4 days. The district blocked off today for conferences for all schools, but we decided to have ours after school on Monday and Wednesday. That meant I was at school from 6AM to 6PM twice this week, something that was pretty difficult for me. And then we had horrible storms come through Nashville last night … cue the worst pain night that I’ve had in months, if not almost a year. (That includes the steroid-drop after my infusions.) 
Moral of the story: it’s Friday, a three-day weekend for me, and I’m posted up on the couch all day because I can barely move. Thank you, arthritis. 
But today also means something else to me. It’s the first day of November, so for many it means the first day of Christmas music (I’m holding off until after Thanksgiving). To me, and to thousands of others out there, today is the first day of National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo.
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I’ve mentioned before how I have a novel out. But did you know that I finally sat down to write it during NaNoWriMo 2008? I’ll admit that I didn’t finish it then and only got about 25,000 words down before I hit writer’s block, but NaNoWriMo got me started. I am a firm believer in the organization and the goal, because what I really need with my writing is to just sit down and write. 
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So if you have every wanted to write a novel (50,000 words) or a novel-length book (like 50,000 words worth of short stories), then this is the time for you to rise to the occasion. Start today, or spend this weekend planning what you’re going to write and start on Monday. Like the Nike logo says, just do it. I may not have finished Aureole in November 2008, but I sure am glad that I started it.

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  • I'm doing that too! I never ever finished that goal but this year I'm optimistic. Good luck!
    http://findingmyownvoice7.blogspot.com/

  • I signed up am going to try this year but I'm not very prepared/organized but we'll see! The longest thing I've ever written is actually almost 70,000 words it was over many months but I never realized it was enough close to being long enough to actually be considered a novel. It's definitely inspiring that you used NANO to publish your first novel 🙂

  • Good luck and Godspeed! And keep us posted on your progress, please! 🙂