Saturday, September 24, 2005

Preparing for NaNoWriMo

Well, it's almost that time again. National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo for short) is held every November. It is a grand challenge to write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days, organized through the official National Novel Writing Month Web site. The site has forums and tools that writers can use for moral support and writing help. It is actually an International competition and historically there are more participants and winners each year. The winners don't actually get any kind of official "prize" but they do get the satisfaction of knowing they have written a novel, something that a lot of people dream of doing but never get around to doing it. NaNoWriMo forces those people who have always wanted to write a novel to just sit down and do it, without worrying about editing while writing. It's all about actually getting the words on paper and editing it later. Some participants have actually sold their novels from NaNoWriMo and are now published writers! I'm hoping that will be me after this year.

The exciting news is, I'm going to be taking a more active role in our local NaNoWriMo group by being a Municipal Liason. This means that I will be organizing meetings and write-ins for the Baldwin County participants, and will be sharing duties for the Mobile Bay Area with another Municipal Liason, who will be doing local events for Mobile. We are going to do some combined events too, so it should be a lot of fun!

So if anyone from Baldwin or Mobile Counties reads this blog, email me and let me know if you want to participate in NaNoWriMo! Or check out the site and register, but when you do, please let me know that you did, so I can let you know when the parties are going to be. We are planning to have a lot of fun!

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