Why I’m Doing #NaNoWriMo

NTJT, Ph.D.

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Soon, my favorite holiday will be here. Soon, November 1 (and another favorite holiday) will arrive. I have a lot of other things I must, should, and have to do in November: drinking mojitos and talking research ideas here, Thanksgiving, crafting gifts for clients, selecting gifts for family, writing book chapters, editing a co-edited book, writing articles with graduate students, grading papers, and wrapping up my graduate director duties.

I am doing all of those things, along with hammering out words for NaNoWriMo.

For the uninitiated, NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month. It’s an utterly insane premise that you (yes, you mere mortal) can carve out time to crank out 50,000 words. (Yes, this method has critics. Yes, this month has skeptics. Yes, this month has avid fans. I’m not writing about those issues. My mottos about all this hubbub are “treat yo’ self” and “do you…

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