NaNoWriMo: It’s that time of the year again.

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November is National Novel Writing Month. The challenge: write about 50,000 words during the month of November. That’s about 2,000 words a day, with a few days off to eat Turkey and give thanks. Since a novel is somewhere on the south side of 50,000 words, NaNoWriMo gets a writer off to a running start.

Well, I have over 82,000 words logged for my next novel. And I still waffle over whether it’s any good. I’m about half-way through the second draft. I have some holes to fill and some darlings to kill. At this point, there’s more holes than darlings.

So, here are my blogging goals for November 2022:

  1. Monday: I’ll continue with my Random Acts of Kindness report. Readers seem to like these posts. I’m buoyed by my observations of people going about life in a kind manner. So, I’m keeping my rose-colored glasses on and reporting back to you.
  2. Wednesday: I’m making that my Wednesday Writer’s Day. I’ll report on my progress. For the love of Mike, I should be able to wrap up my novel and whip it into beta-reader shape in another month. I just need a little commitment and some fingers-on-the-keyboard dedication. Yes, I can!
  3. Friday: I plan to make this my Science Friday. I miss my science writing. Maybe I’ll write about Covid, maybe I’ll write about the latest discoveries of the human microbiome project, maybe I’ll tell you about the most recent science fiction I’m reading. Friday will also be a fancy-free and free-for-all, as I let the subject take me where it wants to go.

In the meantime, I will make my novel a priority every single day of November. I’ll edit a chapter a day, I’ll finish the research I’ve put off, and I’ll fill those holes. Just watch me. Okay, don’t watch me. There’s nothing more boring that watching a writer write. Just cheer me on with coffee and chocolate chip cookies.

Oh, I almost forgot. I’ll be encouraging at least two local writers, Jim and Brad, to join me in the NaNoWriMo challenge. I can hardly wait to see what they write.