Monday, October 31, 2016

November is for Giving Thanks

November is for giving thanks and sharing time with family and friends.

Freedom from Want by Norman Rockwell

It's also my birthday month, which means lots of fun and surprises. My husband has gift-giving down to a fine art!

But there's one other thing I look forward to more than anything in November, and that's National Novel Writing Month. I've been participating for at least ten years, and 2015 gave me my first 50,000-word success story. I finished with flying colors. November seems the perfect month for me to focus and write, and every year, I get a little better at it. This year I'm blasting through three 100-page middle grade chapter books, part of a series of seven books I've been thinking about for several years. I can't wait to get started!

How about you? Are you participating in NaNoWriMo this year? Let's connect over there.

Or are you one of those enviable people who naturally writes every day and publishes several books a year? Please leave us a comment and share your writing tips with us.

Dani Greer is founding member of the Blood-Red Pencil. You can connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
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  1. Kudos to you, Dani, for laying it out there ... committing to a deadline! Homie is impressed ... but will not be participating ... he's deep into prepping for an extended road trip ... more about that later.

  2. That sounds fun too. Also something you can write about. #NoExcuses

  3. I have never been able to do Na-No for any number of reasons, so this year is still the same. I am proud that I was able to finish a novella this year despite the health issues that have limited my writing time. For the next couple of months, I will be working on short pieces, as well as helping a friend get his book done.

  4. I have never participated in Nano, but it can help some writers the incentive to make writing a priority. Anything that works!

  5. I'm a supporter of Nano and admire all who participate! This November, I'm writing a first draft of a screenplay. It is a great month to focus on writing and recommit to our craft!

  6. Every year I think about writing for NaNo and every year I wonder...why is this thing held at the beginning of the holiday season? Am I the only one who sees this as a problem?


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