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National Novel Writing Month

It's that time again.

November is "National Novel Writing Month". The goal? Write a 175 page novel in one month(that's about 50,000 words). The site NaNoWriMo is the coordinator, keeping track of your word count and providing a community for inspiration and support. The thought behind the 'novel in a month' concept is not to have a perfectly written novel at the end; it's to get the ideas on paper, which is the hardest part.

I tried (and failed miserably) last year. However, the NaNoWriMo staff has not given up on me. Here's an excerpt from the email reminder that they sent me:

Dear National Novel Writing Month Author,

The noveling season is almost upon us. If you have already come back to the NaNoWriMo site and signed up for another year of literary abandon, we say: Hello! We're so glad to have you back. If you are thinking about possibly sitting this year out, we say: Don't make us come after you.

Seriously. The world needs your new novel. You may not know what you'll write about. That's fine. You may think you're too busy to write a novel this year. That's okay too. We understand. You're busy. It's a fact.

But you know what? Every year, you spend so much of your time doing things for other people. You show up at work and school close to on time five days a week, and you do a good job there. You're nice to your friends. You take care of your family.

Is it too much to ask for a single month of creative playtime in return for all your labors? Don't you deserve a 30-day literary vacation? One where you set sail with 100,000 other adventurers and discover one of your great, unwritten novels?

We think you do.

They make a good point. I have some ideas, but, man, my schedule is filled to the brim. That new World of Warcraft release on November 13th, coupled with an actual job and kid's sports will make it difficult, but I'd like to see how many words I can capture next month.

Is anyone else attempting NaNoWriMo this year?