For writers, Halloween isn’t about dressing in outrageous costumes or going door-to-door trick or treating; it’s about gearing up and prepping for November and…
National Novel Writing Month
NaNoWriMo, as it’s affectionately known, is the opportunity for authors to dig deep and push themselves in the ultimate word-count challenge of writing 50,000 words (or more) in 30 days.
Beginning November 1st and lasting all month, the objective of NaNoWriMo is to finish the month with a completed rough draft of whatever work-in-progress you might have or might like to have. What does 50,000 words in 30 days look like? Check this article for a day by day, week by week breakdown.
Once signed up to participate, writers are given many tools to help along the way, progress reports, an online community to interact with, an opportunity to advertise works, and access to face-to-face write-ins in their area.
Here are a few tips to keep in mind should you decide to take this challenge:
1. Write! Just get the words out. NaNoWriMo is not hte time to obsess over every comma, word, or dialogue sequence. You’ll have plenty of time for that when November is over and you’re in the editing, polishing and re-writing stage of your novel writing.
2. Have fun! This is the perfect opportunity for creative self-expression. Put your judgmental critic to bed and write whatever you want to.
3. Do have a basic outline, main characters, setting, etc… fleshed out before you begin November 1st. It will make the writing process a much smoother one if you have a beginning or clear jumping off point.
In San Antonio, Texas (as in all regions participating) you will have access to not only online chat sessions at regular intervals throughout the day but also write-ins at UTSA, La Cantera and Heartstone at Olmos Park to name but a few. There is already a day-by-day calendar of events on the website.
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