“My confidence comes not from the success of my books but that I keep showing up.”  — Natalie Goldberg on video for NaNoWriMo

NaNoWriMo begins today: National Novel Writing Month. You write 50,000 words in November and win bragging rights. 1700 words, 7 pages a day, and you’re done early. Simple. Not easy.

And no, not I. And not this year again. I do have several friends who have done it. Each finished, and now raves about the experience. Some are repeat participants.

There’s now Camp NaNoWriMo, “An Idyllic Writers Retreat Smack-Dab in the Middle of Your Crazy Life.” That about describes the writer’s life whether you brave the novel-in-a-month challenge or not. I love founder Chris Baty’s book title, No Plot, No Problem, and his whole emphasis on word count first, because first you have to get something on the page. There’s also the gift of community: where the craziest dreams become sane and even possible. The same folks host April’s Script Frenzy, but let’s not get overwhelmed.

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