National Novel Writing Month begins

Photo Credit: Antonio Litterio.

Photo Credit: Antonio Litterio.

It’s that time of year again. Hundreds of thousands of writers around the world are gearing up for the biggest writing event of the year: NaNoWriMo. The goal is simple: write 50,000 words of a novel in the month of November. I did the same thing back in July, and I found it was easier than I expected, and a lot of fun.

Now, I don’t have any specific goals for November because I’m an academic, but if you’re not encumbered by the academic calendar, go for it. You may be surprised at what you can do. And for kids, there’s a Young Writers’ Program, where you can set your own goal.

If you’re not ready to start something new, don’t let that stop you. Finish a project. Edit a project. Outline a project. Write poetry. Even if you don’t join the official list, you can still make your own goal for November. As for me, I’m going to keep powering through my novel from July. 89,000 words and still a long way to go. Wish me luck.

About Alex R. Howe

I'm a full-time astrophysicist and a part-time science fiction writer.
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