Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Looking for Inspiration to Write a Novel?

Many writers out there are itching for the opportunity to write their first novel, whether they are hoping for a literary agent to tap on their shoulder, a big idea to hit them, or just the free time to put it all down on paper. If you are looking for such inspiration, mark down National Novel Writing Month, which is November, on your calendar.

This is a group effort to enlist as many people as possible to commit to writing a novel from November 1 to November 30. The goal of the project is to write a 50,000 word, or 175 page, novel that is due by midnight of November 30. The point of National Novel Writing Month is to serve as a novel writing program to help people commit to actually getting their first novel started. This process is to help you get the creative juices flowing, and you can enlist anyone in your life to do this with you, if you so choose.

As of 2008, NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) had 119,000 participants, and 21,000 people met the deadline that year. You can sign up any time before November 1 as inspiration, but you must meet the deadline of completing the novel by November 30 to be put on the official winner list. The great part is that there is a forum available to discuss with other participants if you are stuck, discouraged, or just wondering what it's all for. There is no entry fee for this endeavor, and you are encouraged to sign up year round. You are also encouraged to give a donation to the process to cover all of the administration fees involved.

You have to be 13 years or older to participate, and this may be the opportunity that many aspiring writers have been looking for to finally commit to writing their first novel. All of the work done from November 1 to November 30 must be entirely new, and you can't reuse any of your old content. So who is ready to start from scratch and put the pen to paper for their first novel?

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