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I just uploaded my novel-in-progress to the National Novel Writing Month website ( and I have over 43,000 words! Only five more days to write and reach the 50,000 word mark. I’m pumped! And I’ve learned a lot.

This is my first time participating in NaNoWriMo. One thing I’ve learned is to write early and write often. I started off with over 2,000 words on Nov. 1 and then was stuck there for several days while on a business trip and then while recovering from that business trip. In hindsight, I should have skipped the social events and just gone to my room to write. Even though I’m now up to speed, I’ve had to sacrifice practically my whole Thanksgiving weekend to writing!

Well, I’ve learned and next year, I’m sure I’ll take my advice: Write Early and Write Often!

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Marie A Bailey

Writer, blogger, knitter, cat lover, and introvert.

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