Monday, November 1, 2010

November 1 = #NaNoWriMo

Oh Crap. I completely forgot that today begins National Novel Writing Month.

"What is #NaNoWriMo," you ask?

Go ahead; I'll wait.

Well, I'm glad you asked. #NaNoWriMo is for anyone who's wanted to write a novel, those who have a juicy tell-all they need to get down on paper, and those who may one day decide they might want to think about writing a book.

Learn more here.

I'm doing it. A few of my friends are doing it. And a ton of local Milwaukee peeps are doing it.

Basically, you commit to writing every day in November - this is to get you in the habit of writing.

Your task is to write. Not edit. Leave that for December...or January...or 2015.

Your goal is to write a 50,000 word novel by midnight November 30. Read more about the rules here (i.e. don't just write one word over and over and over, but try to write a complete novel).

I encourage you to try it out. It might be a fun way to finally get a start on that autobiography/tell-all you've been meaning to write about your childhood as a middle-class white kid with semi-imagined angst and the drove of like-minded teens you went to high school with.

If you need more encouragement, Milwaukee Writer's Workshop is hosting an event TONIGHT at the Wauwatosa Public Library. The workshop will cover the publishing world, and steps you'll need to take if you want to turn this 50,000 word "work of art" into an actual, marketable piece of literary something or other.

Mayhap I'll see you there?

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