It’s November already?! I feel like that’s such a resounding refrain. As if—despite time being one of the only really predictable things in life—we’re still caught off guard when it resolutely keeps marching on. November in Vancouver means dusted rainboots and umbrellas by the door. I’m looking forward to mugs of tea, digging out my crochet hooks and yarn, and cozy days spent writing.

The core of Elsie Road is faith intertwining with life stories, but it’s also a space that cultivates and inspires creativity. In honour of that goal I wanted to talk about NaNoWriMo. November is national novel writing month, where writers from all over the world aim to write 50,000 words by November 30. If that sounds like a lot of words, that’s because it is. But this year I’m not going to let that stop me. Am I confident that I’ll write 50,000 words by the end of the month? Not really. But I’ve got a rough outline of a novel sitting on my computer that’s just waiting to be turned into something more. So this November I’m going to aim to write that novel—or at least some of it.

Are any of you planning on participating in #NaNoWriMo? I’d love to follow along. Share your blog or social links in the comments below, so we can encourage each other and commiserate over writer’s block. I’ve also included a list of resources below to get you inspired. You can even look up your region to find local write-ins and other community events.



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