We're one week into November, and that means two things.
Retail shops are out in force with their Christmas and winter holiday merchandise. Prepare for non-stop caroling songs blasted over loudspeakers for the next eight weeks.
NaNoWriMo has kicked off the 2016 frenzy of writers trying to accomplish the ultimate goal: write the next great novel.
Haven't heard of NaNoWriMo? Here's the gist.
NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month. It takes place every year during the month of November.
The intent of NaNoWriMo is to build a community of support for writers who want to push their creative limits. Participants attempt to write a 50,000-word novel in 30 days. No editing, no revising. Just pure, unadulterated writing.
I've tried this undertaking several times. I even sponsored the NaNoWriMo Young Writer's Program on a couple of occasions when I taught middle school. Sadly, my great Brazilian-American novel remains incomplete.
This year, though, something has changed. This year, I'm not working as a teacher, struggling to support 100+ students day in and day out. So maybe this is the year will be the year that I "win" NaNoWriMo. Already, I've written more than in years past, and I'm excited about my hand-drawn progress tracker in my journal.
If you want to join in the fun, or just see how I'm doing, you can check out my NaNoWriMo profile, including stats about my daily writing progress.