November – Getting it done and getting inspired!

Hi friends! It’s November 6th, which means we’re almost a week into National Novel Writing Month. How many of you are participating? I’m tackling it this year and I can report it’s going , ummm… okay. I confess that I wish they’d move NaNo to January after the holidays and while we’re hunkered down for the worst of winter. But, perhaps that’s the point of having it during the busy season. If you wait for the right time, the perfect time, to finally pen that novel that’s been screaming to come out of you and onto paper, you’ll never write it or anything else for that matter. Most of the time you have to say “Go!” and just write. That’s what I’m trying to do – just write.  And although I’d love to make or exceed that 50K word count, that’s not my ultimate goal. It’s to get that first draft of the novel I’ve been wanting to write finally done.

For those of you who are “Nano-ing,” don’t forget to go back and read Shelley’s post on its importance. Be sure to follow @NaNoWriMo on Twitter.  They’ll send some good tidbits like this one today:

Lest I leave out the creative geniuses who write picture books (and I do mean geniuses!) – don’t forget about Picture Book Idea Month! PiBoIdMo is the brainchild of author Tara Lazar and is also going on this month. Time to bust out those ideas and get them down on paper!

When you’re taking a well-deserved break remember to stop by As the Eraser Burns and let us know how your month is going by posting in the comments section below. We’d love to hear from you! On another break, check out Larissa’s previous post on both of November’s ultimate writing challenges.

Whether you’re slamming out a novel this month, outlining the book that’s been percolating forever, formulating  ideas that will spark a picture book or finally letting those creative juices flow into words on paper – set your goal and go after it. Even if you don’t quite make it, you’ll still be so much farther ahead then you were before starting!

Happy writing! Happy creating!

Go November!



About Susan Mannix

Susan worked as a biomedical research editor for the Department of the Navy for fourteen years and has been a member of SCBWI since 2007. She writes young adult and middle grade novels. When she isn’t writing, she spends her time doing all things horses, including attending her teenaged daughters’ many competitions. Susan lives in Maryland on a small farm with her husband, two children, an adorable black lab, two cats, and three horses.
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One Response to November – Getting it done and getting inspired!

  1. Laura Bowers says:

    Best of luck to everyone tackling NaNo and PiId!

    I was dead-set and determined to finally FINISH it this year, but then I received agent notes for a manuscript that’s nearly ready to submit on Oct. 31st. So my NaNo plans have been ditched. Again. Oh well, looks like it’s JanNoWriMo for me! 🙂

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