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Monday, 17 October 2011

Nearly NaNoWriMo Time!!

For those of you who are not familiar with the term NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month .
It is a literary marathon that takes place every November that was started by a freelance writer called Chris Baty in 1999. The aim is to write 50,000 words in 30 days. Wow, shocking I know. This averages out as 1,667 words a day for 30 days. You have to turn off your inner editor and doubtful demons and just write. This task means writing quantity over quality. Don`t take ten minutes pondering over every poetic word you are going to use just write. It is believed that by writing so freely in the end you will find some gems amongst the rambling writing.
There is also a book by Chris Baty called No Plot? No Problem!  that gives some great tips .
This can at times be stressful but you are not alone. On the NaNoWriMo web site there is a support forum broken down into the areas where you live. Also the local online communities often arrange face to face meetings during the month of November. Mine will meet once a week at the city library. It is well worth having a look at them.
A problem I found last year with NaNoWriMo was that if you miss a few days it is very,very hard to catch up. Last November for me seemed to be the month that everyone in my house got ill, typical.
But what i came away with from the experience was a renewed enthusiasm and drive to stay committed to writing regally. It was NaNo that inspired me to start this blog.
So succeed or fail who cares, have a go.

Here are some NaNoWriMo related articles worth looking at

25 Things You Should Know About NaNoWriMo

5 Tips For Successful NaNoWriMo (and how scrivener can help)

Tools To Help You Plot Your NaNoWriMo Novel

Tips For Winning NaNoWriMo

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