So, it is November, and that means NaNoWriMo.
For anyone new to NaNo, it stands for National Novel Writing Month. During this month, writers pledge to write (or at least to attempt to write) 50,000 words over the course of November.
Sadly, I will not be taking part in NaNo this year (due to a mid-month edit I have coming up). However, I have done NaNo in the past, a number of times. In fact, This Golden Flame, my debut novel, started as a NaNo project.
And I think that speaks to something special about NaNo. I know that for me, there were times when I felt like I was getting nowhere in my career. I especially felt that way when I realized that a current project was dead and I knew that I would have to write a whole new book before I had another shot at becoming published (and especially in the early days, I was not fast at writing books).
But NaNo, in many ways, gets to the heart of what it means to be a writer, and that is to just keep writing.
So, for everyone doing NaNo, good luck! And remember that this could be the book that gets you to exactly where you want to be.