This year I am attempting the NaNoWriMo challenge for the first time EVER.

It is day 6 and I’m discovering how incredibly exhilarating and terrifying this task can be. There have been a few hitches and I am lagging in my word count, but overall, tired or not, the commitment is there and I will shamelessly admit to being mildly proud of myself already.

I wanted to share something that showed up on my dashboard, which is wonderful motivation for anyone who wishes to write. This is possibly the best thing I’ve read on the subject:

“My advice: Lure your muse out with some chocolate and pinot noir, grab a hold of her, and tie her to your desk until you are done. Show up every day with your goal in mind and do not leave until you’ve surpassed it. Don’t try to create the story—listen, and let it be told through you. When you take the responsibility of creating the story out of the equation, it becomes quite easy. You are simply a conduit.”

—Michael James Ploof, Brushton, N.Y.

Here’s to me being that conduit.

Twenty four days to go.