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Why you should be writing a novel this November


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NaNoWriMo logoThis November I, like thousands of others, will be attempting to write 50,000 words of a novel in just 30 days. Sound crazy? Welcome to NaNoWriMo.

NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month. It was created back in 1999 with the aim to get more people writing. The aim is for aspiring writers and authors from around the world come together to start, finish or revise a novel idea that they have.

The rules are simple. Write 50,000 words in 30 days and you win.

But why should you do NaNoWriMo?

Whether you are an aspiring author or just have an idea in mind, NaNoWriMo is about getting more and more people around the world to start writing. Fiction or non-fiction, it doesn’t matter.

The word count goal of 50,000 may seem like a lot - but in all honesty, with a daily word count goal of 1,667, it can be done. Some even finish the 50,000 word goal in the first week.

NaNoWriMo is also about bringing people together who are writing. You can join geographical groups and find people in your area who are participating. Forums on the website are also available to help out those who are struggling with naming their characters, an idea for an action scene or coming up with a mythical creature.

Winners of NaNoWriMo also open themselves up to prizes including discounts on book publishing platforms, and software for writing, as well as the chance to get their book published by companies such as Swoon Reads.

But I don’t have time to write, I hear you say.

As somebody who writes and edits for student websites, has two radio shows, a part time job and university work to worry about, but is still participating in NaNoWriMo, it is safe to say that you can make time.

If you have time to be reading this article or sat on Netflix, then you have time to write. Whether it be 10 minutes waiting for the bus jotting ideas down on your phone, or sat in bed for an hour typing out that love triangle. Everybody has time to write, and if you want to participate then you can easily make time.

Of course you have to be dedicated and organised if you want to smash the word count - but whether you are a planner or a pantser, anybody can win NaNoWriMo if they try hard enough.

NaNoWriMo could be the start to your writing career. Published NaNoWriMo novels include Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins, The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern and Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen.

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