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Online novel-writing competition begins

By Kyra Smith-Cullen in Arts & Entertainment

November 3, 2011

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A novel isn’t something you can just sit down and write. It takes time, planning and a certain level of skill – or does it?

For the past thirteen years, aspiring novelists have used the month of November to participate in the National Novel Writing Month; a project that is called NaNo by those who attempt it.

The goal is to write 50,000 words in 30 days for a novel that is born from the depths of your personal imagination. It requires you to write a minimum of 1,667 words per day and it is not an easy task.

NaNo is not aimed at one specific demographic. It draws many people, from all over the globe, age-spectrum and diversity. It ranges from high school, college, and adults. If you ask them, they will tell you that it is not about having a perfect story completed in thirty days; the intent is to have a very rough draft that will probably need a lot of improvement before it is considered finished.

Those who write for NaNo are simply trying to offer themselves a challenge, and this event gives them the chance to know that they are not alone in the struggle. Participants talk to each other on forums, sharing their troubles or offering encouragement to the people who think the fifty thousand words are out of their reach. These people share their ideas and achievements, celebrating at the end of the month even if the word count wasn’t obtained; the plan is to try.

At NaNo, the cliché “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again” applies, because each year, they come back for more.

If you would like to sign up for this year’s National Novel Writing Month, or to find out more about this event and others like it, visit http://www.nanowrimo.org

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