After taking a 3-month leave of absence from this forum, I feel almost obligated to take up the National November Writing Month challenge. Of course, I have written nothing but what you see here all of today, Nov 1 and it’s already 7 pm. But I do have a story in mind. In fact, the opening scene has been rolling around in my head for almost a year now. Or perhaps I could go with the title that has no story yet: Dragon under the Stairs. Although with no reason to point to, I think that one really should be a short story.

I encourage you to do more writing than usual this month as well. If you’re not ready to tackle a novel, do some short essays. Or poetry. Write descriptions of Christmas list items, or notes of appreciation to send friends for Thanksgiving. Be creative and express yourself more this month.

Bin with ripe apples gleaned from beneath the trees

I gleaned apples in an orchard a month ago, piling them in a bin ... now it's time to glean ideas by writing them into a document.



About Susan NC Price

Writing coach Susan NC Price has been a poet all her life and an editor for half her life, but only realized in her late 30s that she enjoyed writing all sorts of prose as well. The twin epiphanies of word processing and realizing she no longer had teachers forcing her to use their style of outlining outlines contributed to her late-blooming love of writing. Susan has 1 prizewinning short story, 2 grown writer sons, 3 current e-newsletters she maintains and a host of writing projects to her credit. She's currently working to develop new writers through her coaching endeavor: re/Write: Scribbles to Stories (see Facebook page:
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One Response to NaNoWriMo

  1. planaquarium says:

    Love the apple photo – and the story title sounds intriguing, good luck!

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