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Thursday, November 25, 2010


What kind of animal is a NaNoWriMo?, Guest Post by Edna James

What kind of animal is a NaNoWriMo?

by Edna James

When I first saw NaNoWriMo I couldn't help thinking what kind of animal is that? Curiosity didn't kill the cat in this case, but it sure pushed me into checking out what a NaNoWriMo was.

The National November Writing Month was news to me. I read about the challenge of committing to 50,000 wds. in a month and found myself waffling back and forth as to whether I wanted to do this. So on November first I began clicking away at the keyboard entering the required information and then writing my story.

At first, I thought I would have a hard time keeping at it everyday, with a mental word count I had determined as my guideline. Much to my utter surprise, I have stuck with that word count and then some, everyday.

I wanted to tell you how great it is to be participating in NaNoWriMo for the first time and how it keeps me focused without the worries of punctuation, grammar, run on sentences, the constant use of the backspace key, etcetera.

NaNoWriMo has been the perfect kick in the seat of my pants. This challenge has pushed me to get the story out of my head and onto the page, so to speak. I see myself joining in for years to come, baring external matters, or emergencies, of course. I just wanted to share my experience, excitement and to let you know I am having a great time.

I currently have over thirty thousand words and cannot wait to get back to my characters unfolding drama. That being said, I bid you all a great day and happy writing.

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Edna James lives in Kentucky with her very supportive family. She is a Registered Nurse, a Writer of Fiction, and Non-Fiction. Currently she is working on her second novel, as well as, several short stories. You can find out more on her web site:

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