NaNoWriMo?

Yes, I’m speaking English, and no, microscopic computers are not invading the planet (yet). NaNoWriMo is short for National Novel Writing Month, which begins in a few short days!

Each November, bunches of people try to write a complete novel, from start to finish, in a single month. I’ve never tried it before, but a surprising number of people actually succeed at this. Most of the ones who do seem to have a set way that they go about it, including a word-count that they must reach per day (2,000-3,000 words/day seems about right). You have to register to officially participate in it, and anyone who completes their (50,000+ word) novel is a “winner.” Winners are eligible for discounts, special opportunities, and craploads of other goodies. There are many activities/forums to participate in while you are doing NaNoWriMo, plus contests, etc. to enter your manuscript in when you’ve completed it.

So, if you’re someone who has a great idea for a novel, but you’re always putting off writing it for one reason or another, this could be your chance. Let the deadline be your cattle prod. Let an entire community of writers be your support group. Stop making excuses and WRITE THAT BOOK!

To check out more info, go to:

http://www.nanowrimo.org/

Good luck, and have FUN!

-Gretchen

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