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For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to pen the quintessential novel for my generation. November gives me an excuse to ignore the real world and create the gem that’s been brewing up in the old cerebral playground (my brain). National Novel Writing Month gives me the much needed motivation to kick myself firmly in the ass and complete the novel I was born to write.
Anyone else get that feeling?
As you can tell, I need the kick now more than ever. Why else would I be writing this article instead of working on that pesky novel, right? Well, I think most writers, novelists and authors need the same kick that I do. That swift kick that gets us in line to write line after wonderful line. And here it is: National Novel Writing Month, or for those of you who just love TriBeCa, NaNoWriMo.
Founded in 1999 by Chris Baty and friends in the San Francisco Bay area, NaNoWriMo aims to make noise in the literary world by proposing that aspiring and established authors alike challenge themselves to complete a novel by the end of the month. Equipped with a daily word count tracker to keep us on task, NaNoWriMo pushes us to the finish line (the finish line being a trailblazing novel perhaps?).
So authors, what kind of noise are you going to make this November? Clean slate? No problem. Get that word count up with sporadic writing binges. Already started a novel but just haven’t been working on it for whatever reason? Get going! I’ve got about 5,000 words so far and I plan on having this monster done by November 30th. If it’s any good, I’ll let you know. You do the same. Let’s share our progress and our stories here…