I've always wanted to do NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) held each November, but I've never been able to keep up with the word count or put in the necessary hours writing. November is particularly difficult because of the holidays and holiday get-togethers and travel. So I was excited to learn that the good folks at NaNoWriMo put together a chance to do the novel writing marathon in April. So here I am a week and a half into the work--not too far behind on the word count. There's some good stuff in the pages I have and then a lot of bleh and some terrible stuff too. If nothing else, I am purging the bad novel to be able to make room for the good in later drafts. The best bit of advice that's keeping me going is from one of my favorite poets, William Stafford. He once said: “There is no such thing as writer's block for writers whose standards are low enough.” I'm aiming really low, and I'm enjoying the work!