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Could You Write A Novel In A Month?

November 6th, 2015

nanowrimo-image-blogIt’s November again but it’s also ‘N’ for… NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) which they say is a “fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30.”

The number of participants seems to grow every year and if you decide to give it a try you’ll certainly get plenty of support if you visit their website. There’s help with planning your novel (though I would assume that most people who hurl themselves into a month-long frenzy of writing already have a pretty good idea of their plot before they start).

You can join a local group of writers and attend writing events in person or receive online encouragement from staff and published authors.

And there’s access to a worldwide community of writers in the online forums. I checked out the list of countries where people were participating and was truly amazed. Egypt: 19,000, India: 10,000, Canada: 52,000, loads of people in various parts of Australia and legion in America, as you can well imagine. But that’s to name only a few countries – there are people from all over the globe. The UK is broken down into regions – so I’m sure you could find someone supportive in your own area if you live here.

Don’t be put off by feeling that your novel has to be perfect. Yes, ideally you should finish it and it should exceed 50,000 words but you can do all the editing afterwards. It’s the ideal opportunity to get everything down without your inner critic telling you to stop, go back and re-write. You just don’t have time.

Even if you don’t make it, I can guarantee that that you’ll have an enjoyable and creative time and will be left with something that you can work on in a less frenzied manner for the rest of the year.

And I know we’ve left it a bit late for this year, but if you do get bitten by the bug and decide to have another go next year, why not brush up on your skills with our Novel and Short Story Course. In fact, you could kill two birds with one stone. Prepare yourself for next year’s NaNoWriMo and also improve your short story writing before you send in your entry to this year’s competition. The closing date isn’t for another three weeks so you’ve plenty of time, and with a first prize of £300 and a Writers Bureau course of your choice, it’s definitely worth having a go.

Finally, thanks to Andrea for last week’s blog. It always bothers me when people are reluctant to send their writing off to magazines and newspapers. They worry that it’s not good enough, or that some rogue editor will steal their work and write it up under a different by-line.

The latter is a very, very rare occurrence, so never let the thought of it stop you. And if you worry too much about not being good enough you’ll never get anywhere. You’ve got to take risks if you want feedback – and, as Andrea pointed out, the best feedback of all is  publication!

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