National Novel Writing Month begins November 1. NaNoWriMo (for short) encourages writers of all ages, including school-age kids, to write a novel in one month. How it works is simple: register your novel idea on the website, keep track of your novel as you write and compare your progress with others taking the challenge, and earn merit badges along the way.
The ultimate goal: write 50,000 words in 30 days.
Think that sounds like a lot? Think you’re too busy? Famous words of a procrastinator. Excuses have no place in NaNoWriMo. The first draft of anything is going to have flaws. As William Faulkner said, “Get it down. Take chances. It may be bad, but it’s the only way you can do anything good.” So forget about the notion that you must have a perfect draft the first time; there is no such thing.
Another benefit of this worldwide program is it’s for anyone; novice writer, experienced writer, first-time writer, everyone is invited! Last year, 310,095 people participated in the challenge. Why can’t one of them be you?
Stop in the store to get your NaNoWriMo bookmark, and to come use our writing space – for those of you who like to hand write your character sketches or plot lines. Find more information, and start your own novel at http://nanowrimo.org/.