I was asked the other day if I intended to participate in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month for the uninitiated). The intent of NaNoWriMo is to write a novel in a month (the month of November, in fact) or at least to write as many words as possible. I have never actually completed a NaNoWriMo challenge, but I’m seriously considering it this year. Last year, I started Grief, Inc. in November. Not in response to the challenge but because I had finally reached a point of acceptance that Broken Warriors just wasn’t getting the reception I had hoped and it was time to move on. At that time, I was 4 months pregnant with the twins and working a full time job. I decided that I wanted to be a writer…no matter WHAT…and that writers write. I made a commitment that I would write every morning. I set what for me was a very modest page goal of five pages a day (I am a pretty fast writer and usually my page goal is at least 20). So from November to February I got up, waddled on the treadmill, and did my pages. The boys grew very quickly and by February it was already very difficult to sit. I often completed my pages sitting awkwardly sideways on the recliner (where I also slept in the 20 minute increments the boys allowed me) but I finished! This was truly one of those stories that told itself! I absolutely loved Holly’s journey, and what it symbolized for me. In many ways now, I realize that I was also saying goodbye to my old life as I was writing Holly’s goodbye to hers. I didn’t know it at the time, but I was about to enter into a wonderful new season, where the realization of dreams I didn’t even know I had was about to transpire. Because change is scary, I think I was shielded from this knowledge. Now, as I plunge into living my dream life, I am overwhelmed with gratitude. I am ready to write another novel This one will be a sequel to Broken Warriors, but a standalone too. I think I’m going to end up rewriting BW but I need to tell Max’s story. I will keep you updated on how it goes. For anyone considering writing a book, take the NaNoWriMo challenge. It’s a great way to get your story out without worrying about getting it perfect and it’s a lot of fun! My only issue is I have a really, really hard exam scheduled for December that if I don’t study for I’ll waste a lot of money…oh, what to do? So I may be doing NaNoWriMo in January…does that still count?