It’s almost time for National Novel Writing Month! It’s that month of crazy where writers all over the world grind out 50,000 words of a new novel between November 1st and 30th. No sweat!


This is where writers reach down within themselves to fling words at the pages as fast as they can. This month is the epitome of the sh!tty first drafts that Anne Lamott talks about in her book Bird by Bird (and the sh!tty first drafts chapter is a good one to read if you plan to dive into this endeavor).

NaNoWriMo isn’t for everybody — Maggie Stiefvater has written  a Dear John letter to the idea, because this way of writing isn’t her way of writing. Nothing wrong with that. Whatever method brings you to an awesome book is the method you should use.

This time for NaNoWriMo, I’m cheating. I’ve written a 152-page rural fantasy about kids turning into animals, but for some reason the plot still hasn’t bothered to show up. So I’ll hide those finished pages and write the story again from the beginning. Maybe this time around I’ll tie all these threads together and get an idea for a ending with explosions. Wouldn’t that be nice!

If you’re up for the crazy, go to the NaNoWriMo main page and sign up. Good luck!

P.S. Debbie Ridpath Ohi has a link to a NaNoWriMo musical at her website … because she can.