November sees the start of NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month for anyone who has been living in a dark cave for the past few years.
There is Nanowrimo for grown ups here, www.nanowrimo.org
and for younger people here: http://ywp.nanowrimo.org/
The difference is that in the Young Writer's Program, there are cool tips, writing prompts, more pep talks and booklets which help you to get started creating your characters, plots and settings. Useful for older people too!
The basic premise is to write 50,000 words in the month of November, no editing, no correcting or going back to see what you have written. It can be meticulously planned or a 'seat-of-the-pants' thrill-ride to see what appears.
My first book, Norbert de Strangle and the Great Museum Robbery, was crafted during Nanowrimo 2010.
It is not an easy thing, most writing is a real labour of love, but Nanowrimo really helps to get you in the mood. If you join your local group, you can go along to meetings and talk to real live people. There are write-ins, prompts, and general support from all quarters.
This year, the Oxfordshire group have challenged Lexington, Kentucky to a word war which should be interesting!
This year it has been mentioned in The Telegraph newspaper, as well as blogs and newspapers around the world. Wattpad are sponsoring it and several other organisations offer special incentives to nano winners - those lucky few who manage to reach the goal of 50K words at the end.
I will write about offers and incentives in the next few days.
Not bad for 21writers who had first had the idea back in 1999!
and its founder, @ChrisBaty
who tweeted yesterday:
Chris Baty @chrisbaty 1 Nov
Woke up to @Randomhouse tweeting NaNo encouragement and #NaNoWriMo trending on Twitter. HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO WRITE WITH ALL THIS EXCITEMENT?