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National Novel Writing Month

November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). 50,000 words in 30 days. Are you ready?

I've been throwing around ideas for a novel for 2 years now. Maybe it's time to do more than character sketches and plot outlines. November is National Novel Writing Month. Join me and thousands of other people (their goal is 40,000 people this year) as we try to write a really bad novel in a really short period of time.

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


Valuing enthusiasm and perseverance over talent and 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.


Because of the limited writing window, 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.


Make no mistake: You will be writing a lot of crap. And that's a good thing. By forcing yourself to write so intensely, you are giving yourself permission to make mistakes. To forgo the endless tweaking and editing and just create. To build without tearing down.

Also, check out National Novel Editing Month (March)

So you've finished the first draft of your novel. If you're anything like me it left you feeling triumphant, elated... empty... faced with the big question: What next? My response has always been to move quickly onto the next project. Which is great. Unless you actually want to finish something. Maybe publish some day...

Or participate in the 27 year old 3-Day Novel Contest over the Labour Day Weekend.

The 3-Day Novel Contest has run every Labour Day Weekend for 27 years and has garnered a reputation as the cheeky and uncompromising rebel of literary forms. The world's most notorious literary marathon demands that would-be novelists produce a masterwork in a mere 72 hours.

Or, if you're not burned out, try 24 Hour Comics Day on April 23rd 2005.

The comics community gets a new holiday this April 24th with the introduction of 24 Hour Comics Day, a day to not only celebrate but to engage in the creation of comics. Based on the creative experiment created by Scott McCloud, this holiday encourages everyone from comics fans to big-time pros to try to create their own full 24 page comic book in 24 consecutive hours.

Or if you're a musician, National Solo Album Month (NaSoAlMo) during November, 2004

November is NaNoWriMo--National Novel Writing Month, an exercise in writing a 50,000-word novel in the space of a month. Some of you may remember that I did it in 2001, and had a great time. So this year, with apologies to Chris Baty, I'm declaring that November is also National Solo Album Month: those brave souls who are up for it will write and record an entire solo album in the course of its 30 days.


page first created on Saturday, October 16, 2004

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