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November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)

Every year I forget about this until about November 10th, when I suddenly remember, and then it is too late. So here is your heads up. Below are the details, and here is the website:

I've already got my novel all plotted out in my head (kind of). The goal is to write everyday, between 1,500 - 2,000 words each day. And keep writing - power through it. At the end of the month, you have your first draft.

National Novel Writing Month is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to novel writing. Participants begin writing on November 1. The goal is to write a 50,000-word (approximately 175-page) novel by 11:59:59 PM on November 30.

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.

As you spend November writing, you can draw comfort from the fact that, all around the world, other National Novel Writing Month participants are going through the same joys and sorrows of producing the Great Frantic Novel. Wrimos meet throughout the month to offer encouragement, commiseration, and—when the thing is done—the kind of raucous celebrations that tend to frighten animals and small children.
In 2011, we had 256,618 participants and 36,843 of them crossed the 50K finish line by the midnight deadline, entering into the annals of NaNoWriMo superstardom forever. They started the month as auto mechanics, out-of-work actors, and middle school English teachers. They walked away novelists.

Happy writing!

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I Have no ambitions to write a novel...

but I get the urge to punch out a poem or a song once in a while...

Chris Indeedski!

Daily Paul cured my abibliophobia.

I'm doing it

I've started twice before but haven't finished. Last year I got to 25k words or so by Thanksgiving, and eventually did finish but not during November so it's not a a Nanowrimo win. I've got a rough outline in mind and I'm chomping at the bit.

I'd encourage anyone who enjoys writing fiction to give it a try. It's fun! The web site has a lot of resources to help you keep things moving, including forums such as:

If the rules don't suit you, that's okay too:

Good luck!


I keep starting on story ideas, then get distracted by the daily in-and-outs of life and kids. Time to buckle down and go for it.

We'll see how well that holds up....

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Don't wait and see - make a commitment

One hour per day. Write a stream of consciousness - that is all you really can do with that amount of time, at this pace.

A first draft is never, ever going to be perfect. Don't expect it to be. Just get it out. It is going to be fun.

Here is a way to keep on track - the snowflake method:

Good luck!

Good thing the month starts tomorrow!

Trick-or-treating tonight. Seriously though, thanks! I've been wanting to get back into it for a long time. I put together a decent start to a story a couple of years ago. It's time to get it going again.

Ha ha. My daughter has done this several times.

A lot of DPers could post their commentary from here.


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