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Of course you all know that at 12:00 a.m. on November 1, writers worldwide go into a round-the-clock frenzy to compose a 50,000-word novel by the end of the month. The experience is known as National Novel Writing Month, NaNoWriMo for short.

With all that scriptive energy crackling around the globe, it seems a waste of cosmic creativity to not tap into it.

So for those of us who are unable to enter the fray with registered NaNoWriters this year, I propose a more modest challenge – Personal Novel Writing Days, PNoWriDa for short.

We would challenge ourselves to a one-month project that can be part of a novel we’re already writing – or the outline of a future fictional work. Goal-setting and some daily commitment would be critical to the process.

In my case, I’m going to plot out a novel, chapter by chapter, making brief notations on characters, setting and action. Each chapter outline will be between 20 and 100 words. At month’s end, I should have the bones of a novel that I can develop at will.

I’ll post my progress on Twitter at #PNoWriDa. Hope you’ll share your project there…