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November is NaNoWriMo time!  Sing it with me:  It’s NaNoWriMo time!  It’s NaNoWriMo time!….

NaNoWriMo is short for National Novel Writing Month. It’s free, although they accept donations for their youth writing programs. The idea is to write 50,000 words in 30 days starting with word 1 on November 1. A short novel is 65,000 words, and the average novel is 70,000 to 150,000 so 50,000 words in one month is a great start!

This will be my third NaNoWriMo competition. The first year kick-started the novel of my parent’s early years. Last year was a kick-start of a story of a child and her spirit guides. This year, the working title is Ties That Bind.

Next year, I will probably be a NaNoWriMo rebel – those who still want to support NaNoWriMo but who choose to work on an existing book or create a memoir or poems or short stories or something that doesn’t require the 50,000 word competition.  If you don’t feel like challenging yourself to a 50,000 word novel in a month, check out the Rebel section:

And for those critics out there who say you can’t get quality work from NaNoWriMo, allow me to share 2 titles:  Water for Elephants (the book and movie) was created from a NaNoWriMo author; and the current best seller Night Circus was created from a NaNoWriMo author. Want to know more…check it out this link from another wordpress blogger: Prepping for NaNoWriMo 2011.

If you don’t hear from me in November, don’t worry. I’m in NaNoWriMo land! Come along with me if you like.



Dr. Sheila Embry is a govie, author, pracademician, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend who loves to read, write, think, and laugh. Many of her blog postings are summaries or excerpts of books that she read and wants to share to encourage others. An author with more than 25 years experience within the legislative and executive branches of the U. S. federal government holding 3 accredited degrees: Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership, Master of Arts in Human Resources Development, and Baccalaureate of Business Administration, she believes in continuing learning both on and off the job. She has been recognized with multiple professional and writing awards for her peer-reviewed, publications. Click the bibliography page above for a listing of all the publications.

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