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Jenny's Journal

Hi! Thanks for taking time to check out my blog.

Throughout my life, I have done a ton of writing and editing, but I am on the bottom rung for blogging. How to go about it? I decided to just start writing and figure it out as I went along. I'm taking my own advice, as it appeared in a Writer's Digest article about National Novel Writing Month. The question was, How do you write a 50,000-word novel in one month? The answer is below, abridged and edited so that your eyes don't glaze over.

Here is what I wrote:

NaNoWriMo? It looked like a text message. What the heck was it? I discovered the challenge just two days before November 1, opening day for National Novel Writing Month. I had no plan, no idea what I would write about, but I was determined to do it, just to see if I could.

This was 2009 and would be my first time writing any length novel in any length of time, let alone 50,000 words in one month. Up to then, I had written a few magazine articles, a how-to book, a children's book, and untold numbers of unpublished short stories. And now for something entirely different.

I did finish that year and went on to finish every year since. I say, Go for it! You never know what you can accomplish until you try. The key is to keep writing and let everything else fall by the wayside. Turn off your phone; disconnect the TV. Buy paper plates; send out for pizza or stock frozen tacos, whatever—just don't take time to cook. Or clean. Or shop. If you can get away with it, not even to bathe. Get those words onto your computer's virtual page and get them counted each day on the NaNoWriMo website.

I wrote a lot of stuff that was junk and other stuff that had possibilities. Today I have what was, in 2011, a 51,000-word story-in-the-rough, now grown to a 79,600-word novel ready for publication. But even if you don't get that far, there is the satisfaction of meeting the challenge and finding that you can do it.

So there you have it, my first blog entry. I hope you will check back soon. And please say hello and add your comments.

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