Tuesday, October 30, 2007

National Novel Writing Month is Almost Here

National Novel Writing Month is almost here. It runs annually from November 1 through November 30. What started out as one person’s idea to write a novel in one month has become a worldwide phenomenon. People from around the globe have embraced NaNoWriMo.

Fifty thousand words in one month. No one expects those words to be brilliant. This is the kamikaze approach to writing. Put your seat in your chair and your hand to the pen or typewriter. And write. And write and write. No worry about quality. No time to research or edit. No judgment.

You can sign up on the NaNoWriMo site (no cost) and join thousands of other writers. In 2006, 79,000 people signed up. Thirteen thousand made it to the 50,000 word mark in one month.

Will you be one of them?

When you sign up, you can create a profile, give information about your possible book, and find out about other NaNoWriMo participants in your area. There’s advice if you want to read it on site. And NaNoWriMo will send you updates, if you want.

Then you write. If you manage the 50,000 words in one month, you get a nifty certificate. If you don’t, you’ve still accomplished something – the start to a possible novel. And the satisfaction of knowing you tried.

Go for it.

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