A New Month, A New Chapter

So the first week of December is almost over, so that means the beginning of the end of 2014.  Can you believe it?  Where has all the time gone.  I must admit – most of my time has gone to procrastinating.  But it’s so easy to get distracted!  And hey, if you’re spending time doing stuff you enjoy, then it’s probably worth it (just don’t let it keep you from being productive). 

Now that the year is coming to a close, people usually take the time to reflect on what they’ve accomplished over the past twelve months.  Writing in a journal every day is a great way to keep track of daily occurrences and have a record to draw inspiration from in the future.  And once you’ve celebrated everything that you’ve already accomplished, you can start drafting those pesky New Year’s resolutions.

Just last month was National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, a novel writing project that challenges both professional and amateur writers alike to complete a 50,000 word novel in just thirty days.  I’ve been meaning to participate in NaNoWriMo for years now, and many of my favorite YouTubers document their progress during November, but I’ve yet to even attempt such a daunting task.  But hey, my friends and I are trying to compose a novel now, so that’s a start!  Maybe it’ll make a good New Year’s Resolution since we all have lots of novel ideas floating around.

But remember, writing is a year-round activity, and this is the perfect time to start planning for next year’s NaNoWriMo.  I’d like to leave you with some writing advice and a NaNoWriMo documentary from Kristina Horner who has participated (and won) for years now.  She offers a lot of helpful tips and *gasp* even encourages you to take a well-deserved break.  Who could say no to that?

Hope to see you next year (and, you know, next week),

~Mad Hatter

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