Write your novel in November

2013-Participant-Facebook-CoverIt’s almost time again for one of my favorite creative constructs: National Novel Writing Month aka NaNoWriMo!

You have an idea for a novel that’s been tickling a spot in the back of your creative brain and you just haven’t been able to scratch it right? You know you’re eventually going to write it when you’re not as busy as you are now. And you just need to read a couple more books on story structure and character development. And you’re still deciding on some key plot points. And…

November is just around the corner and the fine folks at NaNoWriMo are here to help you put excuses aside and get after your novel idea.

The construct is simple: Write 50,000 words in 30 days or 1,667 words per day. It doesn’t have to be polished, it doesn’t even have to be good. You just have to give yourself up to the act of writing every single day.

There is a community of writers and authors to help you with tips and encouragement leading into and continuing throughout the month so even if you *ahem* fall off the wagon, participating gives you a month full of writing inspiration and insights.

To get you started, here are two great videos from Legend of Bagger Vance author Steven Pressfield about a creative construct he calls The Foolscap Method. He shows you how to outline an entire novel on a single sheet of foolscap paper. Cool!

If you’re looking for a NaNoWriMo buddy, my username on the site is ktobosa. Let’s write!

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