In just five hours and fifteen minutes, millions of writers will leap into –National Novel Writers Month—the challenge to write a 50,000-word novella in 30 days. They will experience the thrill of brainstorming, the rush of punching out chapters, and the frustration of writer’s block. Anyone can take a swing at this challenge! The greatest achievement is to finish by the deadline on November 30. It is the mental equivalent of ending a marathon with nothing but numb fingers and an exhausted mind. This will be my seventh year as a participant and I’ll be sure to post updates in my blog through the month of November. To learn more about the event, visit NaNoWriMo.org.