If You’ve Always Wanted to Write a Novel, This Post is For You

Posted October 28, 2013 & filed under Notebook.

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If you’ve always wanted to write a novel, gather your WITS this week. NaNoWriMo or National Novel Writing Month begins on Friday, Nov. 1st. WordPress Blogger Cheri Rowlands breaks it down for us:

Who: You — whether you’re a seasoned novelist, novice writer, wannabe author, or a blogger up for a challenge.

What: A project in which you work toward a goal of writing a 50,000-word novel.

Where: On your laptop. At your desk. In your favorite café. Wherever inspiration strikes.

When: Kicking off this Friday, November 1, and ending at 11:59 pm on November 30.

Why: You’re creative and passionate about words. You’ve got a story to tell. You want to participate in a fun, rewarding project and push others to stretch their imaginations, too.

How: Sign up at NaNoWriMo.org, where you can plan your novel, track your progress, and join a community that offers support, encouragement, and advice — online and off.

The idea of the project is to help you with the discipline of writing. You have a daily goal of a set number of words until you hit 50,000 by the end of the month.  The Official NaNoWriMo.org site has tools, tricks, graphics, and even pep talks!

There is a separate site for student authors and their teachers called the Young Writers Project. The concept is the same, but the goals are not quite as strenuous.

So if you’ve been waiting for the nudge to write YOUR story, now is the time. Ready… Write!

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National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMO) for Kids!

Posted October 25, 2011 & filed under Notebook.

It’s time for young writers (and their teachers!) to sign up for National Novel Writing Month, which begins Nov. 1, 2011.  In 2010, 41,000 young writers participated in this fun, free event.  They committed to writing an entire novel in one month. Visit the NaNoWriMo website to register, and you will find support, resources, curriculum guides, and plenty of encouragement to help you meet your daily word count goal.

Once you sign up, you will be able to visit with fellow writers on the young writers forum, receive pep talks to keep you motivated, and even post your novel-in-progress at Figment!  It’s a community where you can share your writing, connect with other readers, and discover new stories and authors.