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Have you heard of NaNoWriMo? This is the short form for National Novel Writing Month. Every November, at least 300,000 people try to write the first draft of a novel in just 30 days. To complete this personal challenge, NaNoWrimo participants have to write 50,000 words between November 1-30.
I've always wondered what it would be like to write a novel so quickly. My first novel took me ten years to outline, draft, revise (a million times), polish, edit, and publish! This year, since I'm feeling a little bit stuck in my fiction writing life, I decided to register for NaNoWriMo. My goal this month is to find a few scenes or characters worth keeping from my rough draft. I hope this challenge will motivate me to get going on my second novel. I've had many false starts over the past few years, but I don't want to be one of those novelists who only writes one book!
There is also a youth version of this challenge. Young people can set their own writing goals. My eight-year-old daughter has decided to write her own novel this month. Her goal is to write 6000 words. I'm so excited that she'll be writing with me after dinner each evening. She is an amazing writer! Maybe she will agree to share a paragraph with you later in the month.
Writers who complete 50,000 words are considered "winners". There is no prize except the wonderful feeling of accomplishing a major goal.
You can help inspire my writing by answering this question:
Imagine a talent show in the future. What human talents will people have? If I use your idea, I'll add your name to the acknowledgments in my next novel. WARNING - It may ten years from now.
Please share some motivating tips for me this month. I'll need all of the support I can get!
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