NaNoWriMo? I’ve seen this term often on Twitter lately. It sounds like some sort of other-worldly camp where people go to write. Is the camp in the mountains? by the ocean? in space somewhere? Wouldn’t that be dreamy! I can’t imagine being sequestered for a month staring out a window at the stars where all I do is sip tea and peck away on a computer–my printer spewing articles, short stories, and perhaps even a novel.

Alas, NaNoWriMo is short for celebrating November as National Novel Writing Month. To quote Wikipedia (Really? Wikipedia? Yes, I know.) NaNoWritMo is “an annual, Internet-based creative writing project that takes place during the month of November. Participants attempt to write a 50,000 word manuscript between November 1 and November 30.” Okay, no mountains. No sequestering. No stars. BUT, the idea of having a month dedicated to writing a novel sounds fabulous. If only life were that easy!

I confess I haven’t been typing my fingertips off on my novel this month. However, I have been busy. I entered a flash fiction competition with Press 53, finished and entered a short story for Writers Digest, and done research for my novel. I find it difficult to write with incomplete research. I checked out a book from the library yesterday in order to understand one of my characters better. Research is not just good; it’s necessary.

Hopefully I’ll be done with my present novel by next November, and perhaps next year I’ll be able to tackle 50,000 words for a new novel, hot tea by my side, for NaNoWriMo.

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