On November 1st, I started NaNoWriMo, which stands for National Novel Writing Month. The goal is to write 50,000 words in a month. I planned to continue with a memoir that I'd began called An American Nanny in France, and the first day, I did. Then I seemed to lose enthusiasm for the topic, or truthfully, another story was banging inside my head trying to get out.
That's how I created Maeve, a slightly agoraphobic 34-year-old who decides to change her life with feng shui. So far, I'm having fun.
My favorite part of the story so far is the title: A Charm of Finches.
The title is related to a flock of birds that flies overhead when she is playing with her friends as a child. She learns that a bunch of finches is called "a charm."
I'm running a little behind with my writing if I want 50,000 words by the end of the month. I've written just over 9000 words on today, Nov. 9, which, according to NaNoWriMo's calculator, means I'd need to write 1862 words per days for the rest of the month to succeed.
Some days I'll write more; other days I'll write less, but between it all, I have lots of papers to grade. Either way, I'll have more written than I would have if I hadn't tried it.
Wish me luck.
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