I owe the first draft of my forthcoming middle-grade novel, Thanks To You, Pandita Paul, to my editor at Macmillan/FSG, Grace Kendall, by December 1st. Will I make this deadline? You might be shaking your head in disbelief at the thought. I certainly have been. Thankfully, November is National Novel Writing Month, which means I have the support of a community of other desperate but determined writers. Sign up here to join us if you, too, want to write like the wind this month. Here's a practical tip from me to help us get going.