On NaNoWriMo

Last year I took my first swing at National Novel Writing Month. It was a less-than-stellar attempt. I got about 20,000 words in, meaning approximately 30,000 words short of the goal. And to top it off, I realized I hated the approach I was taking with the story and the total sad sacks I had made out of my characters. Call it a swing and a miss.

I’ve been debating another attempt, because I like this story I’m trying to tell and I think I could do the characters justice this time. If only NaNoWriMo were in a month that didn’t include Thanksgiving, or parent-teacher conferences … though at least Hanukkah gets a later start this year. (You know what’s fun? Shopping for Hanukkah gifts before you’ve even gotten the Thanksgiving turkey. That’ll throw you off.) Still, any other month would offer its own distractions. If you wait for the perfect time to write, you never write. Right?

So I keep circling around this idea of mine, jotting down pre-game notes, working out details in my head, and possibly, come Nov. 1, I’ll have stepped back up to the plate. Who’s with me?


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