Friday, October 29, 2010


It's that time of year again.

November 1 marks the beginning of a frenzied month known as National Novel Writing Month--affectionately known as NaNoWriMo.

The "rules" are here.

But those rules aren't mine.

My NaNoWriMo month means a commitment to daily writing on my novel. I will not make myself write 50k words merely to write 50k. (I've heard people admit to writing gibberish merely to achieve the goal. What a waste of time and energy.) I commit to making progress on a novel that I cherish and will give it the attention it deserves, even if other things suffer.

Hopefully, by the end of the month, I'll have my rough draft. Then the real work/fun will begin.

Whatever you write and however you go about it, consider November as a special month.

I've always loved Thanksgiving because it's the one holiday you're allowed to just be thankful. Well, I'm thankful for the month it's in because it's the only one where I give myself permission to write my novel and let dishes sit in the sink and dirty clothes pile up. Surely, I can handle the stench until December or the completion of my novel, whichever happens first.

Journal: What the topic of your NaNoWriMo? If you're not doing it...what would it be if you were?


  1. Hey Brandi -- I meant to respond to your email about NaNo long ago. Sounds like you're making good use of it. I'm still wrapping up this draft of DB, but hope to spend a large portion of November outlining the next story. So we'll have to check in with each other from time to time. :)