National Novel Writing Month

November is National Novel Writing Month. The idea is to write 50,000 words from November 1 to November 30. To officially participate you can go to and register. The regional groups are fantastic. We usually get together for a write-in at least once a week. And you can get advice and help on the forums. If you are a writer, it’s a great thing. I have yet to make the word count. But I will keep trying. Each year, I get a higher word count, so maybe this is my year. The only problem is that winter is an inspirational killer for me. If I could spend a month on the beach with the sun shining, I just know I could write a novel. If a frog had wings, he wouldn’t bump his ass. No, the truth is, that is an excuse. But no excuses this year. I am going to do it. I am going to do it right here in East Tennessee. I am going to do it with the cold air seeping in through my old windows and unsealed doors. 50,000 words in November.


2 thoughts on “National Novel Writing Month

  1. I don’t know if you like to work with a structure or just go with the flow, but IF you like structure, you only need to do 2000 words per day and still have 4 or 5 days left to proofread. Your post about the homeless cats was over 800 words. You can do 2000 a day.

    Novels are way harder than fiction (so much thinking and imagination required, i.e. TIME). Fact – autobiography especially – is the easiest thing to write. You can zoom through that. Maybe you could write a “novel” based on something you’ve personally experienced. Lots of people do that. Change names etc. Even write about how freezing cold it is. Anti-heroes and sad endings are also interesting, but that’s just my personal opinion. Good luck with whatever you do! ­čÖé

  2. I’ve got a plan and am currently trying to create an outline. It is fantasy fiction. It’s the first book in a trilogy. I’m becoming very attached to it, so I think that will keep me going.

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