A NaNoWriMo November

Cold, wet weather. The nights drawing in. November has never been our favourite month of the year. But for writers, at least, there’s one bright spark amongst the darkness. For November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). Here, in a post borrowed from our archives, we take a closer look at NaNoWriMo.

NaNoWriMo (for those who don’t already know) is a thirty-day challenge, which encourages writers to spend the month of November working on a rough first draft of a novel – with the aim of getting as much written as possible, and hopefully hitting 50,000 words by the end of the month. You can find out more about it, and sign up to join in, here.

For any writer looking to practice their craft, NaNoWriMo is a great opportunity to do so. It’s also a lot of fun. NaNoWriMo offers writers the chance to meet and chat with other writers (both online and in person at local meet-ups), and to practice writing to a deadline (a vital skill for any author hoping to be traditionally published). But mostly it’s just a good excuse to concentrate on writing, and only writing, for one whole month of the year.

There have been numerous NaNoWriMo success stories too. Crewel by Gennifer Albin and Marissa Meyer’s Cinder are just two YA novels that started life as NaNoWriMo projects. Maybe your novel could be next! From everyone here at Broadland Literary, good luck to all those writers taking part in this year’s NaNoWriMo. We hope you hit your word count target for the month and, most importantly, have lots of fun doing so!

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