Ready, set, go! Well, maybe not…

November 1, 2011 – National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) begins today.

This year, I’m not even going to kid myself and say I’ll participate like I did last year, and the year before that, etc.

While I greatly admire the thousands who will accept the challenge, I need to set smaller goals for myself right now.

In case you don’t already know, NaNoWriMo is a unique way to approach writing a novel. Authors sign up on the website and agree to write 50,000 word novel by 11:59:59 on November 30.

NaNoWriMo is in its 13th year, and more than 200,000 writers participate each November, with nearly 30,000 achieving the ultimate goal. That’s quite impressive.

The exercise isn’t about finishing an edited masterpiece in a month. For most of us that would be impossible. It’s about pushing the limits and achieving quantity over quality. It’s supposed to help you lower your expectations, take risks, write whatever pops into your head, and ultimately make you a better writer.

Sorry, NaNoWriMo – my limits are pushed enough right now.

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