Heard of it? It’s the National Novel Writers Month. Yes, where people all over the world (even me in Qatar) commit to writing a novel (50,000 words) in one month, starting November 1 and finish November 31st. Why do people do it? Some for the sheer community building of it; there are forums and blogs and veterans of this crazy month. Some for the challenge (new year’s resolution like it looms over us) and then there are likely others like me, who love writing, but in the quest to get better at it, have let some of the fun drain out of it.

Why is writing not as fun as it used to be?

Because I’m trying to break into the magazine market? 
Because i’m trying to finish a dissertation?
Because I’m mid-stream one novel project after having written sixteen chapters of another?

For all these reasons, and perhaps the most important one to me, the loss of spontaneity, I’m taking on NaNoWriMo.

I’m going to sit down everyday and come out with 1,500 words. 

And I’m going to let it be about whatever it wants to me. 

The title? 
“What Surprises Me Most”

Stay tuned to see what that will be.

And it’s not too late to sign up (November 1st isn’t until tomorrow!):

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Reader Comments

  1. skimom64

    newcomer to Doha

    Hi… I found you through the AWA email. I just arrived in Doha six weeks ago. Would love to join the writer’s group. Please email me at I’m not sure how to use this live journal quite yet!

    My name is Lisa McCubbin and I live in al Jazi compound. Looking forward to hearing from you.

    • Mohanalakshmi

      Re: newcomer to Doha

      Hi Lisa,

      Please do join us! Our next meeting is on November 20th at Costa Coffee in the Centrepoint mall near Al Sadd street.

      hope you are adjusting well to life in Doha and using Livejournal.


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