Have you thought about writing a novel?
November is National Novel Writing Month, also known as NaNoWriMo. This event has been held since 1999. About 300,000 people are expected to participate this year.
You can sign up online and it’s free. At the end of November, you upload your novel and if you meet the 50,000 minimum word count, you win prizes!
It sounds like fun. Write a novel in 30 days. Not a novel you’ve already started, but something brand new and fresh. Don’t worry about editing for proper grammar and punctuation. Just write and worry about the rest later. You can keep a copy and continue working on it as long as you like.
People all over the world participate in NaNoWriMo . You might be able to find a group in your area. Some of them meet in person to write and socialize.
On the website of NaNoWriMo, you will find the rules, the history of the event, forums and more. The website will be updated soon for 2012. The information regarding last year’s event is still up if you want to take a look and get an idea of what to expect.
Hope to see you there in November!
Debbie A. Byrne has a B.S. in Mass Communication with a minor in History. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and is currently working on her first children’s book.