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NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month and many writers take the challenge to write a 50k words in the 30 days of November. As the end of October approaches, I’m sure plenty of bloggers will be putting up their “NaNoWriMo posts.” But before you fall to the ground screaming “Not ANOTHER post about NaNoWriMo”, read the reasons I’m choosing to participate this year:

This may have been intended to be sarcasm, but it's one of the reasons I decided to participate.

I’ve never participated before and I’ll try almost anything once. (Mayonnaise is one of the many, many exceptions to this statement.)

I think that it may impossible to work in nearly 2k words a day into my schedule for the month of November . . . and I try to do at least one impossible thing a day. This will take care of my ridiculousness for a whole entire month.

I don’t write enough fiction, even though I want to.

I like to write the word “NaNoWriMo.”  Still working on pronouncing it, though.

I have a story I’ve been trying to beat into a novel for over a year now. And by “trying” I mean saying “Man, I need to get working on that novel. Oh look, the Real Housewives of New Jersey is on. Break time!”

I don’t expect to get a book out of it. I expect to get a decent chunk done of a super rough draft of a book. Which I may or may not burn afterwards. But it’s not the product that’s valuable. It’s the process. I think we all spend a lot of time focusing on results instead of actions. By the end of this, I will have worked on a personal writing project for 30 consecutive days instead of pushing it aside for reality TV and Xbox. I call that a start.

Are any of you participating in NaNoWriMo this year? And what are your reasons for doing or not doing it?

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