November: The Month

November is the month for writing.

I want to. Oh, how I want to!

My writing muscle needs flexing. I think I have a cramp.

Here is the perfect month, the perfect opportunity. NaNoWriMo. National Novel Writing Month. Writers everywhere sit typing in short bursts, typing anything and everything that comes to mind; saving often, coffee and hot cocoa going cold beside them.

I am pining. I am withering!

I have not joined the ranks.
Here it is, my favorite time of the entire year, November (cue angels), and my blood boils as my brain tumbles snippets of ideas around. I feel the ‘itch’, my fingers curl over the keyboard, ready.

This is the first year I have so much other work to do.

The cursor blinks, tempting, the page as blank as my defeated creative right lobe. I stare back. The task is insurmountable. 50,000 words in one month! I check my calendar. So much to do.

Have you started yet?


  • Abby (LoA)

    Write or die? That usually works for me. But if you’re really, really busy then it just can’t be helped. There’s always next year =)

  • m0ri

    Worst time for me to have the most massive writing block ever. :/

  • ElshaHawk (LoA)

    It’s not that I don’t have ideas, it’s that I can’t voice them, or don’t have time to write them down. I’m working on it. :)

  • Jae

    My first year. Starting slow – more planning now and word crunching later, but I am so PSYCHED.

    I am posting excerpts of my NaNoWriMo story as Ficlys through the month.

  • Jim Stitzel

    I think about it every year, and every year my November ends up just being insane. Hazards, I think, of having a full-time job, a working farm, and a one-year-old. Somehow, all my minutes disappear.

  • Stovohobo

    I’m about 10,000 words in, but I think the smarter decision is unfortunately to give it up this year (I haven’t won yet, which is frustrating). I have about 50,000 words’ worth (feels like it, anyway) of writing for college/scholarship applications, so any time I spend writing fiction is time I’m procrastinating on getting really important things. =P

  • BiC

    I’ve been reading ficlys since the Wil Wheaton days and I have to say: There are some awesome stories here! NaNo or no NaNo, many of you are talented writers – just waiting to be discovered! I feel honored to be able to put my piddle beside the many masterpiece here.

  • Sara King

    I started mine, couldn’t finish though. I only got in about 17k.