This year I’ve decided to place a challenge on myself for writing. The National Novel Writing Month contest will help me accomplish this goal. I don’t expect that I will complete the required goal of 50,000 words to win recognition, but I badly want to try. I’ve encouraged my nephew to join with me and participate in the NaNoWriMo Young Writers Program. He will be able to set his own word count goal. He is a lot like me—a dream writer. He has a dream and then it is followed by an outpour of ideas. He uses notebooks right now to document his stories. This spring on a trip to Utah I showed him a couple good writing programs (Scrivener and yWriter) to help him organize his thoughts for writing. My favorite feature about the NaNoWriMo is the fact that what your writing doesn’t have to be perfect, it doesn’t require editing or reviewing, it’s just writing. My friend, Jon Maki (you remember him from Herioc Protraits), is a writer and participates in this contest. He is a 2009 NaNoWriMo winner. NaNoWriMo has yet to update their site information for this year’s contest so please disregard the note on the image for 2010. My user profile: http://www.nanowrimo.org/eng/user/824585 I’ll write more on this as the time comes closer and include my word count in the left column of my blog, but for now I’m still trying to decide on what to write about. I have three stories in my head: Phoenix (which you’ve already read about here on my blog), a fantasy story (combines a lot of my favorites together), and a science fiction book that I’ve been thinking about for several years. The requirements for the NaNoWriMo are that you can’t use pre-existing material. With that in mind, please read the descriptions below detailing my current choices. My first idea is to write more about Phoenix. What I’ve written about her I could not include in this contest, but she is a strong enough character and I have other ideas that I haven’t shared about her. The ideas are that she has a military background and is living as a high school student (no more risky business). The second idea is a fantasy story that has a main female lead and supporting friends. This story has a draft blog post that I’m still developing, but I may just have to stop in order to use this idea in the NaNoWriMo. This story doesn’t have any major scenes plotted out yet. I just have the intro, which may actually be pushed after a painting of the world as it was. It combines a lot of fantasy novels I’ve read, but with new spins. Finally is my epic series book that I’ve obsessed on for the last few years. I haven’t written any story for it, but have done a lot of research for it. I’m afraid that if I use this as my story I would become too attached to the specifics and it will cause my writing output to slow down. I don’t want to share it with you at this time, because I hold it close to my heart. Only my mentor, my husband, two of my closest friends, and my sister actually knows the whole story. They’ve all been very supportive of it and me. Who wants to join me on my NaNoWriMo contest in November? You can participate or you can support me through questions, ideas, babysitting (so I can have time to write), and encouragement.