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Confessions of a NaNoWriMo Cheater

I am totally cheating on NaNoWriMo!

I salute anyone who thinks they can write a novel in a month, but with all my other projects I really need an event to help me crack open my long-languishing novel and "look it in the I" again.

It took me many Novembers to get to the 59,000 words I am starting with. The thing will change, I don't know how. The lessons I've learned in the last four years are obvious as I delete all of my adverbs (thank you, Charlotte Cook). That should cut the word count by a thousand words. Replacing all the "it"s with creative descriptors will surely add another thousand.

Sorry, Nanowrimo, for such a flagrant abuse of your delighful system. But thank you for the company! At least I'm not joining a region so my word count won't throw anyone off... and I'm not writing to win, I'm writing to write!