While most folks are gearing up for Thanksgiving dinner, writers across the country are stretching their fingers in preparation for NaNoWriMo. Between Nov. 1 and 30, keyboards will be clicking as would-be authors work to write a 175-page (50,000-word) novel by midnight, November 30. 

According to their website, NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) “is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to novel writing. Valuing enthusiasm and perseverance over painstaking craft, NaNoWriMo is a novel-writing program for everyone who has thought fleetingly about writing a novel but has been scared away by the time and effort involved.”

This is one time when writers are encouraged to put aside their dreams of perfection because “the ONLY thing that matters in NaNoWriMo is output.”

 

This is one time when writers are encouraged to put aside their dreams of perfection because “the ONLY thing that matters in NaNoWriMo is output. It’s all about quantity, not quality. The kamikaze approach forces you to lower your expectations, take risks, and write on the fly.”

Anyone who’s ever participated knows you will be writing a lot of crap. That’s OK. The goal is to force yourself to write so intensely, that you let go of the mistakes and give the editor in your head a vacation.

Last year 165,000 folks participated and more than 30,000 writers actually completed a novel in 30 days, crossing the 50K finish line by the Nov. 30 midnight deadline.

Visit NaNoWriMo to sign up for your name to the roster and browse the forums. Writing begins November 1.

Still need an extra push, Visit Larry Brooks’s Storyfix blog for some helpful, fun and inspiring last minute tips.

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