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On November 30th, I can tell you that I have no clue if I’ll be able to make up the (way too many) words I would need to reach the 50,000 word goal by midnight tonight. But I do know that the story I’ve developed this month, my first attempt at middle grade fiction, is a great story, and I can’t wait to continue working on it and revising it in the months to come.

Part of the reason I’ve fallen behind is because… Christmas is coming! That kind of excitement makes it hard to contain enough to focus so intently on a story. It’s time for cookies and carols and indoor trees. and being excited about that is enough to take away any discouragement at not reaching 50,000 words.

If you’re like me, and Christmas shopping has fallen by the wayside as your novel has taken priority, have no fear! Next week I’ll be posting a gift buying guide for your favorite readers of all ages – or your favorite people you’d like to convert to reading. Stay tuned!

NaNoWriMo: The Way Out
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