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Thousands of people across the globe will be wearing out their computer keyboards, typewriters or pens next month in the rush to write a 50,000-word novel in 30 days.
November is National Novel Writing Month — or NaNoWriMo for short. The creative movement started in 1999 with 21 participants, and last year the website, www.nanowrimo.org, registered 256,618 participants, 36,843 of whom reached the goal.
While signing up at the website is not mandatory to participate, those who create a free account get access to pep talks from famous authors, a place to keep track of their word count and access to the message boards. The message boards connect writers to others all over the world who can help with problems and give ideas and support. Those who find their regional message board can talk with local writers who are participating in the event and also get involved in group gatherings to write and support each other all month long. This year, Gina Dennis and Shalena Mathews are coordinating the meet-ups in Cookeville.
“It is our duty to guide the participants throughout the entire process; to support them as they write and join them to fight writer’s block and any other literary difficulties that need to be overcome,” Dennis said. “To challenge them to write swiftly and provocatively, if that’s their thing. To encourage participation and instill the knowledge that their story is important — even if they don’t have an audience, or they are their only audience. Lastly, we must be awesome. Plan out awesomeness. That sort of thing.”
This is Dennis’ fourth year participating in NaNoWriMo, and even though reaching 50,000 words in 30 days can get tough, she loves the process.
“(My favorite part of NaNoWriMo is) getting together with other writers, all with the same goal, all of us motivating each other, the air alive with creativity and the mingled scents of all our caffeinated beverages,” Dennis said. “It’s kinda like being with a cabal of gods, each huddled deep in thought over their own creations, bringing an atmosphere of awe and mystery as ideas mingle and emerge as new creations, most flawed but a few pure genius, and all useful to our work. That and everyone I’ve met during NaNo was very awesome to work with — it’s great meeting new creative people. Their stories are more colorful.”
This is the third year of participation for co-leader Mathews, who was one of several local writers able to reach the 50,000 word mark last year
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It's that time again. Time for writers everywhere to shut themselves off from the world and shed light on that novel within. NaNoWriMo 2012 has officially begun and you only have 30 days to put 50,000 words down on paper. Thank goodness Jason Boog at MediaBistro's Galleycat published some tips on November 1, 2012, to help you get started.
In his article titled, “NaNoWriMo Tip #1: Read Two Years' Worth of Advice in a Single Post,” Boog offers up 60 tantalizing and helpful tips for writers to help you with everything from plot summaries to character development to choosing the perfect writing implement. Hint: Check out #23: Turn your computer into a typewriter. You'll have a blast!
Top Five Favorite NaNoWriMo Tips from Galleycat, in no particular order:
Tip 25: Relax with a literary drink: Includes Raymond Chandler's gimlet recipe from, “The Long Goodbye.”
Tip 20: Meet your deadline with kittens: Earn cute kitten rewards when you reach writing milestones.
Tip 27: World of Warcraft Procrastinator Support: Yes, there's a group of NaNoWriMo writers who use WOW as an excuse to put off tackling that next 1,666.67 words.
Tip 26: Write by hand: If you can still remember how to hold a pencil, this is the coolest way to write a book. There's even a support group.
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