Writing Down the Bones

November is National Novel Writing Month also known as NaNoWriMo. Each year thousands of writers nationwide commit to writing a 50,000 word novel in one month. That equates to 1,667 words per day. It’s a huge commitment and although I’m quite intrigued about the discipline I have decided not to participate this year. I am, however, planning to focus this month on my own creative writing and I have set a goal to write creatively for fifteen minutes each day. That will put me nowhere near 1,667 words per day, but the idea that I’m practicing each day should still help me develop as a writer.

Over the past month I have been reading the book, Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg. In her book Goldberg challenges her reader to find the life in every object and scene and capture those thoughts, feelings, and words in your writing. There are so many principles I have learned through this book and I wanted to find a way to incorporate her tips and ideas into my writing. So, I am going to call November my Creative Writing Month and I am going to use some of the prompts that Goldberg gives in her book to prompt my fifteen minutes of creative writing per day.


If you would like to join me on this quest here is a look at the writing schedule for the month:


Each day that you use a prompt from this calendar please feel free to copy a link to your post in my comments for that day.

I will leave you with one endearing quote from this book, “…if you want to be a good writer, you need to do three things: Read a lot, listen well and deeply, and write a ton.”

Happy NaNoWriMo!

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