Nothing to do this month? It’s not too late to join at NanoWriMo.org, an alliance of authors each striving to write a 50,000 word novel by midnight Nov. 30th.
How does it work? You set up a profile, upload things like your avatar, a cover image for your book, a brief excerpt of your novel, and tell your account where you are on the planet.
Then you start writing. And writing. And writing some more. There are real-life meetups for particular cities where people get together with their laptops and write like fiends, fueled by caffeine and other sustenance, encouraging each other to keep up the daily word count.
The site organizers are very clear about this not being the next great piece of world literature, and that the focus is on quantity rather than quality. The act of writing is exciting, cathartic, energizing, and creative. It’s about the experience.
The organizers also run a fantastic youth writing program. Why not show your support by buying a T-shirt? Then write your own bad novel, just like I am!
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