I’m about six days late to the party, but November kicked off the start of National Novel Writing Month, otherwise known as NaNoWriNo.

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The NaNoWriMo project involves writing a 50,000 word novel from scratch in 30 days. While I certainly am no novelist and I don’t really have any aspirations to write a book, I could stand to incorporate daily writing into my life.

Whenever I sit down to write, either for school or pleasure, I tend to get writers block. I become overwhelmed by all the things I want to write about or I feel pressured to write something brilliant.

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It’s been suggested to me over and over again that I should do free writing as a way to retrain my brain and get over the writers block. Over the summer I made it a goal to try and do 10 minutes of free writing every morning. It turned out to be a great exercise. I didn’t feel the pressure to write anything in particular, so I ended up writing some great questions and making interesting connections between the books/scholars that I was reading. Yet since the semester started, my free-writing has fallen by the wayside.

Well with November being NaNoWriMo month it seemed like the perfect time to work on another one of my #Project29 tasks and #17 happens to be writing for 10 minutes a day of both personal and scholarly writing.

So my goal for the next month (err November 7th – December 7th) is to actively work on #17. I won’t be posting any of my writing on the blog, although the blog might count for some of the personal writing, but I will be updating on my progress. Wish me luck!

Anyone else participating in NaNoWriMo?

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