NaNoWriMo – National Novel Writing Month

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Have you ever wanted to write a novel? Maybe you’ve tried and, having gotten frustrated, quit the project? Maybe you’ve never thought about it and now that you are you’re thinking “yeah, I could do that!” If any of that strikes a chord with you then, boy, do I have an opportunity for you.

A website called, which stands for National Novel Writing Month, was started in 1999 and has seen thousands of people attempt to write a full 50,000 word novel in a month. There’s been a few successes, and has been picking up steam every year since it started, which has resulted in the project now being undertaken on every major continent in the world, even Antarctica.

The greatest thing about this scheme is that there’s a huge online community behind it where you can talk to other people attempting the challenge. So if you are having any difficulties, or you even just wanted to talk to other people about how they are getting on, you can do that very easily. You can even do it with your friends and see how much you can get done in a month.

There is no agreed length of what a novel should be and as such the minimum for the challenge is 50,000, which equals out at around 1,666 words per day, so the challenge is a fairly hefty one, but it’s not insurmountable. One of the books written for the NaNoWriMo challenge was the very successful Water for Elephants, which was turned into a film starring Robert Pattison and Reese Witherspoon.                                                                

The NaNoWriMo challenge is running now until the end of November; so if you’re interested in writing a novel there’s not much stopping you giving it a go now, is there?

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