Every November

“This is going to be the year I complete NaNoWriMo.”

“Nanunamo-what?”

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It is the annual post of extreme optimism.  The statement that once again, I am attempting NaNoWriMo. What’s NaNoWriMo? Stands for NAtional NOvel WRIting MOnth. Basically writers & would be writers decide to dedicate the 30 days of November to forcing themselves through all the challenges that happen in writing 50,000 words or a novel.  1,667 words don’t just write themselves.

Admittedly I have attempted and failed several times in the past.  Does anyone really fail at NaNoWriMo? Doubtful. The attempt gets you writing, even if you don’t complete the entire thing, you remind yourself that you can. Keep the dream alive and the skills fresh. Plus you never know, this could be the year!

Every time before I have gone in blind.  I had a vague idea but for the most part I have been a pantser.  No outline, no real research, just fly by the seat of my pants go for it. I’m sure it works for some, but I am not finding it works for me when I have a time frame to work in. So this year I am actually prepping. I committed early and am spending the next couple of weeks focusing on what I would like to write.

Part of that prep is a lot of reading.  It is said that to be a writer you simply must write, but to be a great writer, you have to read a lot.  I’m happy to say that I have achieved the GoodReads goal I set at the beginning of the year of reading 50 books.  So I adjusted. The new goal is 100 books by the end of 2015. (as of this post I am at 80 books finished)

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This will be my year.  The book will be written.  No excuses and no exceptions.  NaNoWriMo here I come.

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