National Novel Writing Month is here! Every November for the past 15 years, NaNoWriMo has inspired and supported budding (and established) novelists in the process of producing a complete(ish) novel in just 30 days.

You may already know I'm a huge fan of the 30 day challenge concept. During the month of September, I completed the Whole30 Paleo challenge. And now, during the month of November, I plan to write a complete novel. No, not the novel I've already been working on for years. That one is almost ready for publication. I am starting fresh, on a whole brand-spanking-new story. (Sorry, did that bring up visions of 50 Shades?)

Yes, it will be another murder mystery. Yes, it will also be set in the small Hudson Valley town of Nyack, New York, where I grew up. Yes, it will involve the same cast of characters from my first novel. Those who were not killed off or imprisoned, that is. And some new characters, as well.

So the goal is to write 50,000 words in 30 days. (About 1,666 per day.) This probably will not amount to a complete novel, but it should be more than half, a significant chunk. And of course, it will be a first draft, something rough and unpolished, but it will be a start.

Those of you who are aspiring novelists might like to jump aboard and use the impetus of NaNoWriMo to get yourself started. There are online groups, forums, and places to find support. In some areas, there are live meet-ups and gatherings. All you need is a tiny spark of an idea, a writing implement, a notebook or a computer, and some time. The world needs your novel! So get started today.

For more information and to sign up, see