When Play, Inspiration, and Writing Collide You Get NaNoWriMo

Play and inspiration while writing? NaNoWrimo participants post wildly caffeinated rants about plots gone astray and characters who have run amok.

My first novel, Recess Rules, went to press last week. It's the story of four friends who save recess at their school with the help of an angel-on-probation named Clarence—both in homage to It's a Wonderful Life and the parks and recreation coordinator from my Washington, D.C., childhood playground.

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