Looking to do a little writing and have some spare time this month? Jump on board with me for NaNoWriMo—National Novel Writing Month. For those of you unfamiliar with the worldwide writing challenge, NaNoWriMo is a month-long contest whereby writing enthusiasts of all levels come together, virtually of course, and write their hearts out. The goal is to reach 50,000 words by month’s end. The website is a social media site where participants share their work, chat about all things related to writing, and encourage one another toward the finish line.

I hadn’t planned to participate in NaNoWriMo this year. But, in reading the stream of emails from local participants, I decided to give it a go. I’m nine chapters into the first draft of my new project, which is the ideal place to jump in. Why? Because, NaNoWriMo is all about the word count. There’s not a right or wrong one for a writer to write, only the way that works best for you. In recent releases, I’ve spent more time and effort on my first draft than before. Approaching the project in this manner makes for easier subsequent drafts, which is not a bad thing. The NaNoWriMo approach, on the other hand, is liberating for me. Having the primary focus on word count means I write anything and everything that pops into my head. Not technically, you understand. Just more than I would if I was editing as I go. In a nutshell, writing freely reduces inhibitions which enhances creativity.

In the past, Thanksgiving has always interfered with my efforts at reaching 50,000 words at NaNoWriMo. But this year, for the first time since I can remember, I am not cooking Thanksgiving dinner for the masses, i.e. my husband’s large family. I have no excuse not participate in NaNoWriMo. And I’m excited about it. I hope you’ll join me. Sign up at nanowrimo.org and friend me by searching for AFarley. You’ll recognized the picture. I look forward to a challenging and productive journey.

Chart my progress on the widget below . . .



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