Next month is NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month. The goal is to write 50,000 words entirely in the month of November. Now, you may ask, “What’s the point?” It’s a fair question. After all, if one truly wants to be a writer, there is only one requirement. You must write. If you want to be a professional writer, well that’s a different animal altogether, but the first step remains the same, and since you can write at any point during they year, why wait until November to do so? The answer is you shouldn’t. Then, why am I excited about the upcoming month? I’m glad you asked.

Over the past year, I’ve written several short stories, rewritten three novels, outlined two others, and done assorted other writerly tasks. November isn’t the only time I write, but it is the only time I refrain from doing everything else to write. 50,000 gives me enough room to put the complete story down, especially since I’ve been focusing on middle grade this past year. It’s a great motivator to sit down and write, not edit, not revise, not outline. Just write. On top of that, it gives me the opportunity to meet several other local writers. This year, I’m venturing back into Kurnugi to continue to the story of Henry and Andromeda in the second book of the trilogy. My the end of the month, I’ll be tired of this book, tentatively called Mirror. I’ll probably take a short break from Kurnugi to work on a WotF piece, and then I’ll go back the first book, Delphi, and give it one final pass through. Once that’s done, I’ll return to Mirror and work on the second draft. That should take me to the mid January. Then, I’ll start on the third book, Mimir, work on that through late February. After that, I’ll work on Mirror’s third and fourth draft. The third should go fairly quickly. The fourth involves reading it aloud. Submission to the editor. By this time, it’s late March. Then it’s Mimir’s second draft, followed by either a short story of some sort or change Delphi/Mimir in response to the editor’s comments. Mimir’s third and fourth draft and submission just as Delphi comes out in May.

In other words, I’m excited about NaNoWriMo, but it’s not the only time I do writerly tasks. My next six months are pretty full at this point, and that’s not even counting the possibility of something happening with Windspoken Word (Formally Soul of Humanity) or Alacia, both of which are currently out for consideration. If NaNoWriMo is your only time to write, change that. Write all the time. That being said, NaNoWriMo is a lot of fun and a great motivator.

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