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How have you completed this sentence, "Someday I'll…" Have you said you'd run a marathon, learn to dance, or write a novel?

I've often said that I would like to write a novel someday. I enjoyed fiction writing until I went to college and no longer had time for it. Then my passion became writing a nonfiction book. I completed that goal in the scope of one summer. That's why I know that the rationale behind National Novel Writing Month works. The idea is simple. Rather than wait until the conditions are just right and you feel you can do your "best work," you commit to writing 50,000 words in the month of November.You don't edit what you write. You don't even have to plan it! Instead, you just start writing an average of 1667 words a day and at the end of the month, you "win." You guessed it. You won't be pumping out stellar prose every day. But you're writing! And that's more than half the battle.

If you've ever wanted to write a novel, why don't you join me? I would love to have others to compare word counts with. But if you have another someday goal, why don't you plan to do it in November? It's unlikely that you'll have more time some day in the future than you have now. And even if you do, it's unlikely to make you more productive. How many times have you heard of someone who waited to do something that they then weren't able to do? The man who planned to travel when he retired, who didn't live long enough to do it? My friends who are retired are some of the busiest people I know!

What are you waiting for? Sign up for the class, draw up a business plan, volunteer, make the reservations, or go to National Novel Writing Month right now. There's very little risk you'll be sorry you did, but chances are very good you'll end up being sorry you didn't.

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