This will be my fourth year participating in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo).

Every year, I write the first draft of another installment of the Finding Earth Series. Currently, two are published (click here for details) and one is being staged for publication in 2019. At the end of November, I have a draft, not a completed novel, but it’s a very productive month.

This year I added a twist and agreed to be a Co-ML (Municipal Liaison) for my region. I can’t wait to see how this works out.

NaNoWriMo Mission Statement: National Novel Writing Month believes in the transformational power of creativity. We provide the structure, community, and encouragement to help people find their voices, achieve creative goals, and build new worlds—on and off the page.

On November 1, participants start a novel, hoping to complete it by 11:59 PM on November 30 (your local time). The competition is against yourself. Writing 50,000 words in a month, or 1,667 words a day, is hard work, but it’s fun too. I’ve met some great people during the November writing spree, and I’ve learned a lot too. NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought about writing a novel.

I’m a traditionalist. On November 1st, I write the first word of a brand new novel. Since I write science fiction and fantasy, I do create my world, name plants and animals, draw maps, and so on. But not one word of the story is written before the 1st.

If you want to know more about NaNoWriMo, head over to and check it out. If you decide to sign up for a month of writing, my NaNo name is Taviar.