Want a challenge? NaNoWriMo is almost here!

crest-bda7b7a6e1b57bb9fb8ce9772b8faafbNational Novel Writing Month is quickly approaching. This is the super fun and terribly taxing challenge to write 50,000 words of a new novel which will begin on November 1st.  Folks all around the world will sign up for the task… many will succeed.


This year I’ve decided to pass on the opportunity (and I call it an opportunity because it truly is. Writers from all over the world ban together and offer each other support during the 30 days of madness). While I threw my hat in the ring last year for the first time, life has been throwing too much at me now to even consider making a 2014 run. (We are less than 3 weeks away from moving to a new house and I can barely find my socks much less coherent thoughts that I can stream together. More about this madness later.)


But for those of you on the fence about giving it a try, I say “go for it!” At the end of the month you will have more writerly contacts and even if you don’t hit the magical milestone of 50k words, you’ll certainly have more words than you started with month with. And who knows, you may be the next Rainbow Roswell.


Want another challenge with a different spin? Take a stab at the Reuts version of NaNoWriMo challenge called Project REUTSway. The official rules are here.


Remember: stay focused and write… as much and often as you can.

Photo Credit: AgenciaAndes

Photo Credit: Flickr by AgenciaAndes

Here are a few resources to help you prepare:

Writer’s Digest – Need an Outline? Maybe … Maybe not

Scrivener – Try out their trial edition for NaNoWriMo-ers

Curiosity Quills – Check out Clare Dugmore’s Tips for Success

Good luck, NaNoWriMo-ers!!! May the force and everything else be with you!

Want to sign up for the NaNoWriMo challenge? Click here.

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