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Writing letters on the road

I love to write letters to people, though I don’t always find time to do it as much as I like. I’m writing to a few pen pals and family members now, and it makes me wonder about writing on the trail.

Several books I’ve looked at have said that you should pack your stationary already stamped (and possibly addressed) so that you can write as you walk and then mail things at your re-supply stops in town. This seems like a good idea to me, but I wonder how often people actually feel like writing while they’re on the trail itself. If you’re sitting down to lunch, you probably want to concentrate on eating. If you’re trying to make good time, then you probably don’t want to waste too many daylight hours with writing when you could be walking or setting up camp or eating.

Has anybody else had any experience with this? Did you stick to postcards? Or try to write in a journal that you could insights with people later?

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It’s November again, so my posting will be spares. I know I just started this blog, but I’ve now embarked on my yearly insane quest to write the next great American novel. Or at least write a lot.

National Novel Writing Month is almost 10 years old, so you may have heard of it before. The basic gist of it is that starting November 1st, you make a promise to write 50,000 words in 30 days, before midnight on November 30th.

This will be my fifth year participating, and I’ve “won” twice. So I just need to keep going at a steady pace and I’ll make it again. So far I’m still on track, and I’ve learned that the first few days of the month can really set the ton for the rest of it.

I’m actually stretching myself only slightly more thin, because I have a trip coming up so five days worth of writing are knocked out. I want to be done before the 25th because I don’t want to write while I’m on vacation. So 2,000 words a day, here I come!

It’s not too late to sign up, plenty of people succeed even when they start late. So go, get started, get writing!

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