November is NaNoWriMo - National Novel Writing Month!
National Novel Writing Month - or #NaNoWriMo - began in 1999 as a daunting but straightforward challenge: to write 50,000 words of a novel during the thirty days of November. Now, each year on November 1, hundreds of thousands of people around the world begin to write, determined to end the month with 50,000 words of a brand-new novel.
Find out more at https://nanowrimo.org, and sign-up for an account to help track your progress over the course of November - and stop by Bookshop to check out our recommended resources and prep material.
Chipping away at those 50,000 words, but need a pep talk? Published authors believe in you: http://nanowrimo.org/pep-talks
Chris Baty, founder of the wildly successful literary marathon known as National Novel Writing Month, has completely revised and expanded his definitive handbook for extreme noveling.
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The best-selling novel to come out of NaNoWriMo so far.
Erin Morgenstern wrote the first pieces of her best-selling debut novel during NaNoWriMo.
"The circus was my variation on the wise and ancient NaNo wisdom: when in doubt, just add ninjas. I had this plodding, Edward Gorey-esque thing with mysterious figures in fur coats being mysterious and doing very little else. I got tremendously bored with it because nothing was happening so I sent the otherwise boring characters to a circus. And it worked. I ended up tossing that beginning and focusing purely on the circus. An imaginary location I created out of desperation expanded and changed and became its own story over many non-November months of revisions and more revisions and now it is all grown-up and book-shaped and published and bestselling. And it all started with NaNoWriMo." - Erin Morgenstern
"That 50,000-word pile I made wasn’t a mess at all. It’s some of the bravest writing I’ve ever done, and it includes my all-time favorite character, a guy I think I would’ve second-guessed to death under normal circumstances. NaNoWriMo helped me push past so many of my doubts and insecurities and bad habits. And I think that’s partly why I love Fangirl so much now—because I remember how swept away I felt when I was writing it." - Rainbow Rowell
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