November is National Novel Writing Month. I, and a bunch of other crazy people, sign up to write a (50,000 words) novel in 30 days. If this sounds like something you might like to try – check it out at

The past few years, I spent November working on novels I needed to finish & edit. Enough of that! I need to write about something NEW and Completely Different. For the past 2 days, I have been using a NaNo Prep workbook to help me find characters and a plot I can write a fiction novel about. I am amazed at how blank my brain is after having spent years writing about the same plots and character’s that I know well. I know that this attempt at a new book is just what I need to sweep the cobwebs out of my belfry and make room for creativity to grow.

Not that it isn’t scary. So far, it has been painful and not fun. I hate the unknown, even when it comes to my own ideas. They say, “write what you know.” Most of what I know does not make for good reading. Hence, I must research a lot, which takes up my writing time. One of the perks of NaNoWriMo is that there is no editing, research, or inner critics allowed. The idea is to get 50,000 words onto paper and finish a DRAFT. Do you have any idea how hard that is? After being taught in English classes to edit as you write and make things perfect, this approach is as unfamiliar as the surface of Jupiter. Even with a map, you don’t know which way to go.

I’m not trying to confuse you or bring you down. What I am trying to do is give myself a pep talk. I have to do this once in a while to encourage me to move forward. It occurred to me that other people are probably struggling with things and also need a good pep talk. Now you know what my “things” are. I’m a good listener if you have a need to rant or whine about yours. If you ask, I would try and give you a pep talk, but the best pep talks are those that come from within yourself. Only I know what I really need or want to hear.

Of course, I have to make this venture more challenging by trying to use new software for writers to write my draft novel. Dabble is offering a free trial through Nov 30th, so I am ready to try out this organizing software for writers and see if it helps me keep track of things while I write. I’ll keep you posted.

I have not been podcasting of late because of the work being done on our house. Power tools and air compressor noises are just too much to talk over (or think about while they are intruding on the airspace.) It’s quiet in the morning before the workers get going, so I try to write before 9:00 am. Now you know what I am up to this fall. I will be needing humor more than ever, so I promise to share any I come across!

This put a smile on my face this morning: