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National Novel Writing Month (November) - Did You Take Part? Is One Month Enough to Write a Novel?

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National Novel Writing Month - or NaNoWrMo - is a yearly challenge to authors to write a 50,000 world novel between November 1-30 each year.

Novel writing can sometimes seem endless, so the goal is to set a deadline and get people writing!

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Did you take part in NaNoWriMo? Is one month an achievable timeframe to create a novel?

You can check out the NaNoWriMo site here

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I didn't take part this year, but I have before, four times now, and I have been a "winner" (ie. finished my novel) twice now. The first time I succeeded I had a four month old baby, the second time a 16 month old toddler, so I reckon I could do it while running around after my little one anyone can. It's just a matter of sticking to it and making time to write. Well, that and having the support of your loved ones who might cut you a little slack if your house isn't looking as tidy as usual or they don't see as much of you as they're used to.

A month is definitely an achiveable time frame, but it helps if you have a pretty good idea ahead of time what you want to write about. Editing the thing, let alone finding a market for it, takes a lot longer, but the first step is getting it written.

Nanowrimo's a lot of fun. I love the cameraderie of write-ins and races with other people taking part.
I really like NaNoWriMo, it really forces you to set goals and get the word count out even if it isn't as beautiful as it was in your mind. I find that by forcing myself to do so ends up advancing the story in interesting and unexpected ways. For the month of frantic writing, I usually end up with a year of on and off editing before it's in a state I'm happy with.
With NaNoWriMo you're meant to write without editing and not worry about quality. I simply can't do that. I spend forever thinking about a single word, so would never finish.
I didn't but I know plenty that did. I admire the dedication. I am trying to write more short stories but I rarely sit down to do it unless there's a competition deadline pending.
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