Interested in Writing a Novel?

If so, you may be interested to know this month is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). The goal of the 30-day event is for each person to write a 50,000-word novel by the end of the month. The official website purports that the goal is for quantity, not quality, to help people get past the challenge of actually getting words down on paper (or computer screen, whatever happens to be the case).

The website does offer a warning to its "kamikaze" style of writing: "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."

The NaNoWriMo website offers a place to sign up to participate (for free, of course) in the challenge and has forums and blogs to keep you connected to other writers taking the same challenge.

Hannibal Books has no connection to NaNoWriMo, but we found this idea interesting--and we love to encourage people to write! If you participate in this challenge, let us know. We'd love to hear about your progress.

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