We’ve just returned from a great trip in Portugal, Morocco and Spain, and in a perfect world I’d be blogging about our trip, especially our time in Morocco and in the northern Sahara. But that will have to wait until after November.
I also read an intriguing book written by a Cuban exile while I was away, a book that cries out for a blog post once I get my head around it. But that will have to wait until after November.
What is it about November? Turns out it’s National Novel Writing Month. I had never heard of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) before I started blogging. Who could have imagined that tens of thousands of people around the world sign up every November, pledging to write 50,000 words in 30 days. Needless to say, the notion is that these 50,000 words will form a first draft of a novel. I suppose they could also form a collection of short stories or even creative non-fiction, but you get the idea. Many people say that they’ve always felt like they have a novel in them. I was never one of those people. But, with no grand plan that’s been simmering for years and no background in fiction writing except for a few stories for my grand children, I’ve taken up the challenge. Why? Because I’m retired and I can. Because I like a challenge. Because I work better when I have a goal and a deadline. Anyway, why not?!
Meanwhile, when not writing my 1667 words per day, I will be spending time reviewing the writing advice I’ve been fortunate enough to glean from some of my favourite bloggers, all of whom are NaNoWriMo veterans. To all of you, thank you for your inspiration and guidance. Of course, I say this on November 1. By November 30 I may be sending curses your way!