Jill Urbach

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NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month and you’d be hard pressed to find a published writer who doesn’t know about this worldwide event. It has taken place every November since 1999.

While it’s billed as a competitive event, you’re only competing against yourself when you sign up for NaNoWriMo. How do you win? Simply write 50,000 words in the month of November. Which works out to 1667 words per day. Unless you don’t plan to write on Thanksgiving. Or the day you have to drive for hours to pick up your kid from college. Or the day you’re scheduled for Lasik surgery. (Woo hoo!) For every day you might not be able to write, you need to up the word count of the other days.

And that’s it. To win, simply write fifty thousand words of a novel. To lose, write a mere 49,999.

No problem.

Fortunately there’s an amazing online community and I’ve already connected with participants around the world. Writing can be a lonely venture so it’s nice to be able to connect virtually and work toward our 50K goal together.

What am I writing?

I’m writing a romance, of course. I’m pretty excited about this one because it’s inspired by one of my favorite holiday traditions: watching Hallmark Christmas movies. So I’m giving myself all sorts of warm fuzzies as I make my characters fall in love during Christmas—after plenty of angst, naturally! The course of true love never did run smooth, as ol’ Bill Shakespeare knew all too well.

I ought to be overflowing with holiday spirit come December 1.

#amwriting #nanowrimo2020 #Christmasromance

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