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National Novel Writing Month

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National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, happens every November, and if you have ever wondered what all the fuss is about, reading this post will enlighten you. According to the official website, NaNoWriMo is a “fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing.” The idea is to write a 50,000 word novel in one month. The quest begins each November 1st and runs through 11:59 p.m. on November 30th. The first NaNoWriMo, held in the San Francisco Bay area, took place in July of 1999 with 21 participants. It has grown to a much larger, well-known endeavor with thousands of participants all over the country. (The history of NaNoWriMo is interesting to read about too.)

Even though it’s already started, if you want to take part this year, no problem. Visit the NaNoWriMo site to register and get started. If you’d rather feel more prepared, read all about it and make plans to participate next year. If you’ve ever been an aspiring novel writer (or known someone who is) this is a fun bandwagon to jump on.

Looking for some advice about writing for NaNoWriMo? Consider these thoughts (Pep Talks) from famous authors:

From Brian Jacques

 “The advice I continually give to young writers is this “Learn to paint pictures with words.” Not just once upon a time, but… In the long secret dust of ages, beneath a blue forgotten sky, where trade winds caress the sun bleached shores of unknown realms… See, as much as there are words in poetry, there is a poetry in words. Use it, stay faithful to the path you have set your heart upon and follow it.”

From Garth Nix: 

“Rereading and revision works best after rest. I like to let chapters sit for at least a day or two before I go back to re-read and revise them. A little bit of space is helpful in looking at the work with fresh eyes and mind. This can work well for getting a rhythm of writing too, where you spend part of your writing time re-reading and revising a previous chapter and then go on to write new material. The re-reading and revising helps you get back into the ‘world’ of the book and the new writing helps you feel that you’re making forward progress, not just revising the old.”

From Kristin Cashore: 

“Breathe. Be kind to yourself. Don’t panic. Take risks. Make messes. Decide every day that in your writing toolbox, next to the fear and self-doubt, you are also going to keep at least one tiny little seed of faith. That’s all you need to keep going—one mustard seed. Keep tight hold on that faith, and keep writing.”

Should you choose to participate in NaNoWriMo this year in your Tacoma, WA apartment — or wherever else you go that inspires you to write — we here at Nantucket Gate Blog wish you the best of luck. Thanks for reading our post today!