the countdown has begun…
October 17, 2013
It’s mid-October and that means it’s time to sharpen your pencils, wipe the dust off your monitor, stock a few extra typewriter ribbons or stack up the rocks and flints. However you write, November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) — an opportunity to hammer out 50,000 unedited words that will take shape as your next novel. (Though the focus is novel writing, plenty of poets use NaNoWriMo as a framework for producing quantities of poetry that will be available for editing in the coming months and years.)
There are forums, meetups, Tweets, prompts, word tracking and plenty of swag to keep you encouraged. There were 102,827 official participants in 2012 and numerous novels started during NaNoWriMo find their way to publication.
Here are a few links to get you going: the NaNoWriMo home page ~ the NaNoWriMo blog ~ NaNoWriMo on Facebook ~ the NaNoWriMo Pinterest page ~ NaNoWriMo on YouTube ~ the NaNoWriMo Bellingham forum ~ the NaNoWriMo Seattle forum ~ the NaNoWriMo West Sound (WA) forum ~ NaNoWriMo forums for Everett & Snohomish County, Lewis County, Olympia, Pullman, Moses Lake, Skagit Valley, Snoqualmie Valley, Spokane, Tacoma/Pierce County, Tri-Cities, Vancouver (WA), Walla Walla, Yakima, and Elsewhere (WA). For other regions, including nearby states, Canada and other countries, see the Regions page. The forums list local events and some of them are in need of a Municipal Liaison, if you’re particularly enthusiastic.
Get some writing done this November!
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graphic by Jake Fleming