November is fast approaching and with it, the beginning of NaNoWriMo. NaNoWriWhat? If you are an aspiring author or otherwise engrossed with writing, then you probably know that NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month. Very simply, the idea is to commit to writing 50,000 words in the month of November. That’s an average of 1666 words a day which may not sound like a lot to someone who hasn’t sat down to pen a novel, but which is to anyone that has. Of course, no one expects to churn out a polished tome under these conditions. With a little luck, you end up with the beginnings of a first draft. The point of the commitment is an exercise in the discipline and routine so necessary to practicing the craft. A cool part of the motivation to get you through this literary boot camp is that you are not in it alone. See nanowrimo.org for a visual of the thousands that have signed up this year. If you look carefully, you’ll see a little circle in the middle of the Pacific 13 degrees north of the equator.