Write a novel with NaNoWriMo

November 1 marks the beginning of NaNoWriMo. What is NaNoWriMo, you ask?

NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month. But it’s more than that. It’s a tribe of writers (or wannabe writers) who commit to writing a 50,000-word novel in one month.

That’s an average of 1,667 words per day. It’s insane. But it’s oh-so worth it.

I participated in 2007 while still in school. And I won (which means I reached the 50,000-word mark).

If you’ve ever considered writing a story, if you’ve ever wanted or even dreamed of becoming an author, this is a wonderful opportunity to make it real.

You have thousands of aspiring (plus some professional) writers encouraging you, giving practical advice on how to reach the goal and crazy games to keep you involved. You’re backed by the excitement of the event. You can even meet up with local participants to talk it out if you’re into that.

[They have contests where participants race each other head to head to reach a given word count. First person to, say, 1,000 words wins. Talk about motivation to cut procrastination.]

Yes, it takes a massive time commitment. But you can make it work. It’s only one month.

By the way, this is the event that pushed me over the edge into loving (not appreciating or liking) 30-day trials.

I finished while taking 18 college credits and still came out with straight A’s. Some other participants write two or three novels at once (50,000 + 50,000 + 50,000 = 150,000 words in one month = Insane).

A few even mentioned multiple books hand written. :>)

You can totally pull off 50,000 words. It’s just a draft after all. You can edit later. That’s encouraged.

The forums are a fantastic place to get hyped about it. Check ’em out. (The people involved are crazy fun.) Start ramping up.

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How many chances do you have left this year to do something amazing, something you’ll remember for the rest of your life?