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Yay!  NaNoWriMo is one of the most insane-yet-exhilerating things I’ve done, certainly as a writer.  Maybe as a person.  Writing 50,000 words in a month is a lot.  This year, I did it the smart way and paced myself.   Last year, I wrote 15,000 words in four days, gave up on the book as a lost cause and abandoned it for 2 1/2 weeks, and then picked it up again with only 6 days to go. 

Fortunately, those 6 days occurred over Thanksgiving, which we spent at my sister-in-law’s house.  You know the part about how you wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving, and then bolt your food to go hide in the corner and be anti-social so you can write?  That was my tactic last year.  

This year, I didn’t sign up the day before the contest started, I actually had an outline, and it went better and faster.  I think I actually have a rough draft of something I can use.  50,000 words is only 1/2 a novel, so we’ll see in a couple of months if that turns out to be true!