I’ve been keeping some form of a daily journal now for two years, which is a really long time for me to be continuously doing anything so unrelated to daily living. I’m really glad I have. There are a lot of memories and insights here that I otherwise would not have found or recalled.

It is especially relevant now as we all reflect on the past year and things we want to focus on, improve or change in 2010, to have a solid record of what was going on for the past 12 months of your life.

National Novel Writing Month (also known as NaNoWriMo) is an annual creative writing project coordinated by the non-profit organization The Office of Letters and Light. Spanning the month of November, the project challenges participants to write 50,000 words of a new novel in one month. The project was begun in July 1999 by Chris Baty and started out with only 21 participants. In 2000 the project was moved to November and in the 2009 event, just under 170,000 people took part in the event, writing a total of over 2.4 billion words.[1] Writers wishing to participate first register on the project’s website, where they can post profiles and information about their novels, including synopsis and excerpts. Word counts are validated on the site, with writers submitting a copy of their novel for automatic counting. Municipal Leaders and regional forums help connect local writers with one another for holding writing events and provide encouragement.