National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)
November is National Novel Writing Month
Started in 1999 with 21 participants and 6 winners
2011: 256,618 participants and 36,843 winners
Many winners have been published professionally
Goal: Finish a 50,000-word novel
Approximately 175 pages
Upload it at www.nanowrimo.org
Deadline: Nov. 30 at Midnight
Word processor, typewriter, pad and pencil
Progress tracking tool: spreadsheet, etc.
Calculate daily word count
Set up a daily schedule
Stick to it
Tips for Aspiring Authors
Butt + chair = novel
Move around regularly, keep blood flowing
Stay off the Internet!
Keep on pushing
Write past the "hate it" stage
Shake things up
Don't create a monster!
Not Started Yet?
Set an accelerated schedule
Start typing, even if it's just a few words
Kick out the doubters
Trust the process
Dare to be bad
Your goal is to FINISH, not win a Pulitzer Prize
Even if you don't finish, you're a winner
Trying = victory
Finish the book in December
Try again next November
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