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NaNoWriMo in June

31/05/2012

What the heck did I just say? NaNoWriMo! Otherwise known as National Novel Writing Month. Ever really wanted to write a novel? Ever really not had the motivation or support? Yeah, well you’re in good company.

Here’s the solution. NaNoWriMo is a prizeless competition of the literary. The quest is to compose a 50,000 word novel in one moth! November to be exact. It doesn’t have to make sense. In fact, one of their catch phrases is “It’s all fun and games until someone has to read it.” It’s true.

WHY DO THIS TO YOURSELF?

Well, my exasperated friend, it’s to break the boundaries of perfectionism. It’s so easy to stifle your creative flow by worrying about plot points or good names for characters. The point is the just write and write and write with no inhibitions. It’s wonderful once you get the hang of it! Sadly this does come around finals, so it’s easy to quit mid month. But you have to think of it in an optimistic light. 10,000 words is 10,000 words is 10,000 words. It’s more than you had if you hadn’t attempted the challenge. And you can pick it all right back up when finals have passed. It also brings to light the fact that a novel doesn’t have to take 10 years. You can do it in no time.

This annual experience of awesome is something I highly recommend. Check out there website and start cruising. Either start a NaNoWriMo of your own for this summer or simply communicate with fellow writers. If you put in your zipcode you can easily find others participating in the event. I’ve attended several writing stations through this. It’s so nice to sit around with fellow word enthusiasts and toss around ideas.

Rules:

Do NOT think about what you’re going to write before November 1st.

Do NOT over think your plot.

DO participate in writing groups.

DO create something romantic, comedic, adventurous, and thrilling.

Also, I realize it’s not November. But I really wanted to bring you all this information. Especially during the summer. Doing a NaNoWriMo in July isn’t forbidden, and is honestly better timing for most of us. Enjoy!!!

~Brittany

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