Once again, November is almost upon us, and with it comes National Novel Writing Month. For thirty days in November, anyone and his cousin Rory can be a novelist. How does it work? Easy! Just start banging on a keyboard after midnight on November 1st, and keep typing until you reach 50,000 bananas — er — words.

For this year’s NaNoWriMo, rather than start on a new project, I’ve decided to work on a second draft of last year’s so-called novel. Why? Even though it kinda violates the guidelines of the competition, at heart I think the purpose of NaNoWriMo is to bring people together and provide encouragement.

Some people need the extra encouragement to get started. (I know I needed the encouragement that first year.) Nowadays, though, I find it easy to start a new writing project — but much more difficult to finish it.

So this year, why not use the opportunity to try to finish something that I’ve started? It may not quite follow the rules, but I still think it fits the spirit of the competition.

Is anyone else using NaNoWriMo to rewrite a novel you previously worked on? I’d like to hear about it.


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