National Novel Writing Month: 30 days and nights of literary abandon!


Start writing your novel NOW!

I mean, like, literally… right now! The clock is ticking.

Have you ever wanted to complete a novel, but just never had that extra oomph the task required?

National Novel Writing Month might be for you! Participants begin writing on November 1 and the goal is to copmplete a 50,000 word (approximately 175 page) novel by 11:59:59, November 30.

Here’s what they say on their website:

Valuing enthusiasm and perseverance over painstaking craft, NaNoWriMo is a novel-writing program for everyone who has thought fleetingly about writing a novel but has been scared away by the time and effort involved.

Because of the limited writing window, the ONLY thing that matters in NaNoWriMo is output. It’s all about quantity, not quality. This approach forces you to lower your expectations, take risks, and write on the fly.

Make no mistake: You will be writing a lot of crap. And that’s a good thing. By forcing yourself to write so intensely, you are giving yourself permission to make mistakes. To forgo the endless tweaking and editing and just create. To build without tearing down.

Sounds fun, right? Yes, you’ll be challenging yourself to meet a deadline, but you won’t have the usual artistic pressure to produce something of eternal brilliance. And many other writers will be embarking on this mission with you so you’ll have plenty of support along they way.

Check out all the details HERE. Plus, throughout the month, the BookBaby blog will be checking in on your progress and offering tips for writers on craft, creativity, and effectively budgeting your time.

Chris Robley is an award-winning poet, songwriter, performer, and music producer who now lives in Portland, Maine after more than a decade in Portland, Oregon. His music has been praised by NPR, the LA Times, the Boston Globe, and others. Skyscraper Magazine said he is “one of the best short-story musicians to come along in quite some time.” Robley’s poetry has been published or is forthcoming in POETRY, Prairie Schooner, Poetry Northwest, Beloit Poetry Journal, RHINO, Magma Poetry, and more. He is the 2013 winner of Boulevard's Poetry Prize for Emerging Writers and the 2014 recipient of a Maine Literary Award in the category of "Short Works Poetry."



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