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NaNoWriMo—A Weird But Wonderful Way to Get Started as a Writer!

Introduction to NaNoWriMo, a program for writers to produce an entire book in a month.

In two weeks, the annual writing binge known as NaNoWriMo begins. 

Since I'm a writer who labors for a year or more over a novel, I was skeptical when I first heard of this, but I've learned over time that lots of writers find the process—in which you write a 50,000-word novel in a month!—to be a great exercise in creativity and freedom. It's a chance to kick the editor out the door—at least for four weeks—and just let the words flow.

There are lots of resources to help writers get organized, get started, find support and find a place to write. Come Write In promotes writing in libraries and independent bookstores. There are forums  on the NaNoWriMo website so writers can chat with others embarking on this month-long writing splurge! It's a great experience, so stimulating to some that they do it every year.

Be sure to check out the Young Writers Program, too! Young writers aim at a shorter novel length, but still one to be completed in thirty days. The countdown has begun!  If some of you decide to try it, I hope you'll report to the Patch on how it's going.

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Melissa L. Goss-Halbert October 20, 2011 at 03:35 AM
As the countdown begins, I find that I'm just as excited as I was last year. I never imagined that I could sit down and write 50,000 words in one month, but I "did"do it. Once you get the creative juices flowing, there is definitely no stopping what can happen when you put your mind to it. Since I'm the mother of a toddler (she was 1 years old during that time last year) was I exhausted after that month, oh heck yes! Was it worth it? Definitely! I'm working on finalizing the book that was created during the last NaNoWriMo, and I'm looking forward to what I can create this year. For those first timers out there, it's definitely not about the word count. What matters is that you're sitting down to do some creative writing, whether its fiction, nonfiction, a cookbook et cetera... You name it, you're writing it. If you don't make 50,000 words due to your lifestyle, no big deal!! The fact that you started a project that you've had on your mind for months is the wonderful thing! Happy writing all! Is anyone interested in doing a weekly local support group to go over ideas and plots, let me know!
Louise Marley October 20, 2011 at 09:06 PM
You're so right, Melissa. And I love your mention of a cookbook! the whole idea is just to write, and write as much as you're able--as you say, get it all flowing. Hope you have a wonderful time with it this year. (And I'm impressed that the mom of a toddler managed it at all!)
Malia Kawaguchi October 27, 2011 at 06:19 PM
Really looking forward to trying to win again this year. I'm a "rebel" this time - working on something I already started, aiming to add 50,000 new words, but not starting fresh. Melissa, it's always so hard to keep in mind that your life trumps, although I've let it every year! And my daughter's 7 now, so I have fewer reasons for it. Anyway, a local writing group would be fabulous. I'm in, if you want. :)
Melissa L. Goss-Halbert October 28, 2011 at 04:37 PM
Lucky for us there is an ongoing group that is hosting several events associated with NaNoWriMo and they have regular meetings as well. I will be going to as many of the Redmond events as my family and life allow. I look forward to meeting you in person! Redmond Events are Listed - Several Write In Locations Around Redmond: http://www.nanowrimo.org/en/regions/usa-washington-seattle Here is an ongoing group: http://www.meetup.com/Eastside-Writers-Meetup-Group/

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