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Are your hands bleeding yet? NaNoWriMo is here!

All right kids, we’re already 19 hours in. What are your word counts? Do you have your plot planned out yet? Where is your extra stash of pencils? Do you have a back-up hard drive in case your first one goes out? Do you have a back-up computer in case your first one gets eaten?! Where are your USB drives?! Is this the chair you’re going to sit in for the next thirty days?! THERE IS NO TIME!

National Novel Writing Month is upon us! Thirty whole days of writing, getting writer’s block, being tempted to start over, a little binge drinking, a little crying, a lot of panicking, repeat daily. Ok, not really. But some of those are true for at least some of us in this room. I’m starting on time this year, and I’m going to do my best with the help of some of my writing buddies. Last year I was not successful in making the 50,000 word count, but here’s to a month of trying my damnedest. You may be asking some questions like “Oh no! If you’re doing Nano, when are you going to finish all your debut reviews/read other things/play video games/rake your yard/(insert other thing I still have to do this year here)?” I have asked myself these same questions, and I have decided that I don’t have time to answer them because seriously guys did you know that the month is already starting and for realsies THERE IS NO TIME!

So, if you’ve got NaNoWriMo on the brain this month, head on over to and feel free to look me up: solitarysumire. We can laugh and cry and write together!



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Hunker down and write: NaNoWriMo is here!

OK kids, it’s that time of year again. Get out your pens and paper, laptops, desktops, typewriters, napkins, crayons, inkwells and papyrus. Grab a chisel and a big flat rock. No matter how you do it, National Novel Writing Month is upon us! And with 50,000 words to write in just 30 days, quite frankly, we don’t have much time to be picky.

From November 1st to November 30th: that’s how long you have to write a novel. Have you always wanted to write something big, but never had the motivation to get down to it? Head over to and join the frenzy. Just create an account, give a title and synopsis to your novel (it can be changed at any time) and you’re off. You can write on whatever you want: word processors, notebooks, old dishrags, it doesn’t matter. All you have to do is count and record your growing word count on the website. On the website you’ll also find some great creative help, from writing prompts to forums, and plot swaps to fun things to procrastinate with!

This will be the first year I am participating in semi-earnest; in the past I have urged my friends on with unleashed enthusiasm, but never quite gotten to the table myself. It’s day two; I have zero words written (though at least a couple in my brain, for now) and I really don’t have much of a concrete clue of what I’m writing. But why the hell not, right?

Feel free to add me as a buddy, I use the same username. We can write (and procrastinate, and panic, and maybe even sob a little bit) together!

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