So, I was sitting on the sofa last night when my phone started chiming at me, and low and behold, my name was spoken three times on Twitter, and like the Beetlejuice of my youth, I was summoned into a discussion on NaNo NinerWriMo. For those of you that don’t get the Beetlejuice reference, you will! 

Let’s break this down for those of you still unsure of what is going on starting tomorrow. November 1 marks the first day of National Novel Writer’s Month, which is nothing more that a fancy title for a self imposed challenge. A challenge to write 50,000 words. In a month. It takes discipline, sometimes an idea - as I mentioned last night, I have a sentence and 3 characters, although I might have had an epiphany on the way into work this morning... but more importantly, it takes writing. You will never get to that number if you don’t put pen to paper, or fingers to keys as it were.

So, what is NinerWriMo you ask? It’s us. We’re known (affectionately I might add) as Niners, and some of us are full on taking the challenge, others are sitting back in protest, and others still are looking at 50k words and trembling in terror. That’s ok. I used a phrase in the last paragraph. “Self imposed.” That means it is you putting the pressure on yourself. Step it back a bit if you don’t think you can do 50k. Do 25k. Or set your goal to write 500 words a day (1667 is the magic number for NaNo). Or hell, write 100 words a day. Just write. And that is where NinerWriMo comes in. We are a community. I joined this place over half a decade ago when a little Mouse started up a writing thing called Thursdaytales. I’ve made some great friends on this site, some of which I’ve met outside of here in my travels. The one thing I’ve always gotten, whether my stories were far fetched, disgusting, or just flat out horrible, was encouragement. It is us taking this challenge together.

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Community. Sharing. Encouragement. That is what NinerWriMo is to me.

And who would I be if I did not throw out a little challenge of my own...

So my NinerWriMo challenge is... 50 words a day. They don’t have to be a cohesive story over the month. Give me 30 micro stories. Put one foot in front of the other and begin to make progress...