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You're doing what?! I'm entering NaNoWriMo this year! So nervous and excited.

“You’re doing what?!”

This is what I hear when I tell people I’m participating in NaNoWriMo this year.

Quite frankly, I hadn’t heard of it until my new-found blogging friend, Jaime Buckley threw down the gauntlet and challenged  asked me to participate.

I looked at the criteria:

Write a fiction novel.

I have 1 month.

Minimum of 50,000 words

No way! I can’t write fiction. Have I ever written fiction in this space?! I’m not THAT kind of writer.

Then I took a shower.

As I lathered up my hair I had a story idea. An exciting story idea. Does anyone else encounter fabulous, amazing ideas in the shower? Most of mine sound good in my head while in the shower but then a few short minutes later when I’m drying off and the steam has left my brain, I wonder what the heck was I thinking?!

Anyway, after defogging my brain, the story idea that I thought of still seemed like a good idea.

So I sat down in front of my computer and signed up for the competition.

November… this is not good timing.

The month before Christmas.

We have major homeschool curriculum projects planned for November.

We’re attending a weekly homeschool novel study in November.

I have my homeschool facilitator meeting in November.

I haven’t started writing the blog posts I’ve planned for November.

What was I thinking?

However, in some ways this timing seems perfect. I mean, just one short week ago I was telling you how I have a new passion to write and publish a book. Plus in December I turn 40. FORTY! Imagine if I can accomplish my “life list” item of writing a book… before I’m 40?!

You're doing what?! I've signed up for NaNoWriMo!

So here I am. Frantic, excited, and surging with creative energy. I’m going to do this. Or I’m going to drink lots of coffee and give myself a backache while trying to do this.

If you’re interested in following my progress, there’s a NaNoWriMo badge in my sidebar which will be monitoring my word count. I would love it if you would cheer me on to 50,000!

50,000 words in 30 days?! Jennifer is taking on the @NaNoWriMo challenge! #nanowrimo Click To Tweet



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Jennifer Bly
Author of My Kitchen, My Classroom: An Introduction to Homeschool and creator of The Deliberate Mom. Jennifer writes about parenting, homeschooling, her faith, and life with her husband and two girls. Jennifer has a Bachelor of Applied Human Service Administration Degree with a specialization in Early Learning in Child Care.



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