TO: Me
FROM: Your Muse
RE: National Novel Writing Month

Well, here we are again. Why do you do this to yourself every year? I’m thinking you can name your first kidney stone “Nano” after all the coffee you’re chugging.

But really, I know. Nothing’s more exciting, or terrifying, than that blank page with (what you think is) a great idea waiting to be realized. Nevermind the 8 or so novels that have fizzled out after that first plunge, or the 4 or so that are finished but may not ever be publishable.

How are you going to find the time to write while also inspiring others to write? How are you going to find your way around the week of Thanksgiving, when there’s so much else going on that you want to, and have to, do?

I guess we’ll see, won’t we? I guess we’ll see.

Good luck, pal. You’re gonna need it.

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