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.
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3 comments:

Anonymous said...

I have a good friend of mine who recently moved to LA.(Why do I keep losing friends to the west coast?)Anywho, He plans to participate in this challenge. I wish him the best of luck.

Go Bugsy!!

~^^~Elsie~^^~ said...

That sounds interesting! I DID write a short novel in a month, only about 30,000 words though. I was told to extend a short story that was about 13 pages and booom, before i knew it was 98 pages - something like that.

Yeah, discipline is important to a writer, I procrastinate toooo much.

Trent Jackson said...

i so need the challenge, I have a few manuscripts I need 2 finish...