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Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Got a Novel in You?

Do you have a novel in you, struggling to get out? Now's the time to give birth. November is NaNoWriMo! NaNoWhatHuh? you ask. It's NaNoWriMo -- National Novel Writing Month.

The goal of National Novel Writing Month is to write a novel -- at least 50,000 words or about 200 pages -- in one month. To writers who lament that they never have time to write the novel within them, NaNoWriMo offers the motivation to do it.

Perhaps the biggest deterrent of would-be novelists is the fear of not getting it right, not writing it perfectly. Even professional writers don't get it right in a first draft. NaNoWriMo is a way to erase the weight of needing to write perfect prose and to plunge into pecking out a first draft without inhibition. Of course, the rewrite might take a little more than a month.

Last year, 42,000 registered NaNo-Novelists around the world wrote their hearts out. Close to 6,000 of us crossed the finish line.

To learn more about the madness -- or to register for it -- visit the NaNoWriMo website.



Blogger WashingtonGardener said...


Just stopping in to visit my old pen pal's blog :-). Looks great and I'm sure I have a novel or two in me -- unfortunately, my November chedule is not going to allow 200 pages (!!) to be written - maybe next year :-).

November 02, 2005  

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