November: A month of writing

November is National Writing Month, and while I won’t be participating, I applaud all of those promising writers who will be putting their skills to the test this month.

I’d love to participate in this some  year, but while maybe as a journalist I have some of the skills needed to write a novel, I have yet to find inspiration for one. There was one attempt at a young adult fantasy novel about a magical tree, but that fell flat.

If you have never heard of National Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, it’s a month-long event where future authors take the pledge to write a 50,000-word novel in the month of November. There’s an official site for the event, complete with advice and ways to track your progress. If you can succeed with writing that 50,000-word novel by Nov. 30, you’re declared a winner.

It’s seems a hard goal to achieve, 50,000 words in 30 days, or about 1,660 words a day. But it’s also a great way for writers to gather together and help each other get a novel going. A way to keep one’s nose to the grindstone. I think one of the hardest parts of writing a novel must be keeping yourself on task, not giving up and fighting through any writer’s blocks you may come up against. And having a specific goal is a great way to keep going through it all.

Best of luck to those participating this month!


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