Monday, October 31, 2005
National Novel Writing Month Starts Tuesday
I've heard of quick-draw-McGraws... but this is something I think would be a great challenge for those of you wanting to write a novel, but not quite feeling like you have the time or discipline to really get started and do it. It's a challenge, and definitely not the norm in novel writing.
Each November, there is a contest called National Novel Writing Month, where you are challenged to write a 50,000 word novel draft in thirty days. Thousands of aspiring authors enter and many finish the contest. The contest is more with yourself. Can you finish a goal you set out to meet? Kinda like a marathon, which in the beginning seems daunting and impossible, but with consistent training everyday, you meet the goal. It's not how fast you finish, but that you finish.
Interested? Take a look at the site. I've never done it. But a few of the drafts people have started in the month-long challenge turned out, with revisions and workshopping, to be manuscripts that have been picked up by publishers. Details on the site.
On your mark. Set. Get started... November 1.