So I did it. I signed up for NaNoWriMo – you know the National Novel Writing Month, where you sign up and write 50,000 words in a month.

That’s a book in 31 days.

This is a little impulsive on my part – I saw the announcement in one of the writing newsletters I receive and I didn’t think too much about it. Until today, when the idea took on its own life. I attempted to do participate in NaNoWriMo years ago. Unofficially (I didn’t create an account or anything), but I didn’t get anywhere with it.

Well, I shouldn’t say that. I didn’t complete the challenge. I did end up writing Stepmothers Anonymous in four months (177,000 words), so there was that.

But as spontaneous as this was, I feel good about it. It’ll put me back on track to where I want to be. That’s an important distinction, because we often set goals that are unrealistic (50,000 words in 31 days, anyone?), believing we should be here or there; or doing this or that.

Keeping up with the Joneses, basically.

Regardless of where I end up in thirty-some days, I’ll be further along than I was when I started, so I don’t see a downside. It’ll give me a jumpstart on my next novel, The Book of Joy, which I’ll post more about once NaNoWriMo is over.

So, that brings me to the other stuff…

I am in the last stages of editing for The Best Love. I ‘plan’ (because we all know what happens when you do that) to complete it by tomorrow so that I can focus on NaNoWriMo. I’ll be announcing the new release date, as well as an excerpt, once I get the book back from my editor. I’m excited to finally be releasing a new work and hope you like it.

Okay, as you were. Thanks for listening.

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