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Monday, October 21, 2013

Don't be Shy - Write a Novel with Friends

November is right around the proverbial corner, which means that Thanksgiving, Christmas and 2014 aren't far behind. The year is petering out. Have you done it? Have you accomplished the goals you spelled out on New Year's Day 2013?

No? Not even the novel you committed to writing?

All is not lost. There's still a chance to mark at least that one thing off of your list so you can call 2013 a success. November is the home of Nanowrimo - National Novel Writing Month. Sign up and say that you'll compose a 50,000-word narrative in one month. The Nanowrimo crew will provide help, support and encouragement throughout the endeavor. And you won't be alone. Thousands of writers take to the keyboard for this annual event.

BUT, if cooking the turkey and shopping for Christmas gifts crowds your calendar and you're just too intimated by doing the whole project yourself, don't worry. There are ways around that. You can still get your novel written and do it with loads of support from other writers. The folks at Grammarly can make your dream come true with Grammowrimo. The 50,000-word novel they propose will be a collaborative effort. You'll only have to type about 800 words and they provide cliff notes so you won't miss your cue. Sign up and contribute to the collective effort.

Make no excuses. Make a decision! Whichever option you choose, you'll have that nagging novel under your belt in November by the time the turkey sandwiches come out.


William Kendall said...

Academics always gets in the way of NaNo for me. Papers due or being marked makes it the worst month of the year.

Though these days I've moved into once a day photography....

Lucy Adams said...

I've tried NaNoWriMo before, too. November is a tough month. Piles of freelance assignments due because editors and publishers are trying to get two-magazines worth of layouts done before the holidays. Kids are out of school for a week. Who can write intelligible words with kids yammering in both ears? The dead month of January would work better for me. Maybe I should do my own personal NaNoWriMo then.

Jo said...

Not a writer so never done this or any other challenge, but just before Christmas does seem to be a dumb time for scheduling NaNoWriMo. Especially as Thanksgiving is celebrated by the US in November.