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We’re about a day away from NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month, and I’m a bit disappointed to note that it looks like I won’t be able to participate this year either. Last year I told myself that I would participate and ended up not being able to do so, and then made a resolution to participate this year… Unfortunately it seems like sitting down for one month and writing 50,000 words is going to be a really tough goal to accomplish if I don’t plan for it months in advance and have some really strong motivating factors. What I really need is someone who will participate in NaNo with me, but I don’t really know anyone who’s insane enough to want to do this thing.

I’m considering at least giving myself a small task of writing, say, 15,000 words this month. That averages to about 500 words per day, which seems like a manageable number. I easily write more than 500 words per day combined, and although a novel is not an email or a post or a comment of one sort or another, it seems quite possible to do even if I don’t have a really clear idea of what a NaNo novel would be about or where it would go. I think I’ll give the 15,000 word goal a shot, and if I can’t stick with it for a week then I will probably move it back and try December, as if that will be any better. As annoyed as it makes me not to be able to stick to vaguely-formulated resolutions, this is a pretty busy time of the year, with trying to juggle a lot of new activities and finish off something like three major projects while resisting the urge to jump on to new ones.

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