As a couple of Facebook friends said, "it isn't possibly November yet." Where did the year go? Last year at this time, we were in Vancouver busy with my mother's funeral. I wrote a total of a few hundred words for NaNoWriMo before giving up and giving in to grief and stress.
I've been doing NaNo since 2007, and have never planned a story for it (in the spirit of the original NaNo...read founder Chris Baty's No Plot? No Problem! book to know what I mean), but this year I am going to bend the fabric of space-time and bring several aspects of my writing life together and work on a story I have already partially planned out. Being a purist never was very useful unless the only thing you want to accomplish is feeling smug. And being smug never paid the bills.
If you feel like you have a novel in you, join me in NaNo! I'm "writer64" there if you want to be my buddy. Don't forget to stock up on the caffeine of your choice!
"There is no such thing in anyone's life as an unimportant day." – Alexander Woolcott