National Novel Writing Month

For many people, November is hectic enough with Christmas preparations in place; collecting presents and food. This is often made trickier by being bundled up in winter woollies as the weather begins to grow chilly (or freezing since we have ALREADY had snow…yes…in October…) and dodging the latest common cold or bug is top of the priority list. To add to the list, students like myself are still adjusting to being back in the classroom, with work and reading piling up before our eyes and in a couple of weeks my first set of assessments will have to be handed in (eek!) And yet, with all of this mounting up around me, I have decided to dedicate my November to writing 50,000 of my novel.National Novel Writing Month started in 1999 with 21 people taking part. Last year, 256,618 people took part and amazingly, 36,843 of those people managed to reach the target of 50,000 words within 30 days! This will be my first year taking part in Nanowrimo and the 50,000 word target currently looks like a mountain looming over me. I don’t know if I will manage to achieve it (with two essays due and books till to read it will probably be a miracle if I do!) but I’m going to give it everything I’ve got. Any time dedicated to my novel is a step in the right direction, and, if I can have a basic sketch down by the end of November, I will be incredibly happy!

Anyone can sign up for Natnowrimo, just head over to the website and you’re all ready to go for midnight tonight! Even if you do’t know what you want to write about, their ‘No Plot? No Problem!’ plan is there to help even the most stumped writers churn out 50,000 words. It anyone does decide to sign up, add me as a buddy then we can track each other’s progress and help keep the momentum going!

Good luck for all of those taking part and keep an eye out for updates of my progress!

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