As October comes to close, writers around the world gear up for NaNo, or National Novel Writing Month, NaNoWriMo.
Run by the Office of Letters and Lights, who also coordinate a youth writing program, they challenge people to write a first draft of a new novel in one month. 50K in 30 days.
Always told yourself you would write a book someday? Someday can become today. Well, Friday, actually. No cheating. The challenge is run on the honor system and the only one you’ll be hurting is yourself. You and your novel.
The reward? A competed first draft of a novel. And some discounts from the sponsors.
I tried NaNo for the first time last year and won. Along the way I discovered some tools that I will share throughout the month. The first is the website itself, full of forums, motivation, and regional groups that organize write-ins the help writers achieve their 50k words.
May the muse be with you.