National Novel Writing Month 2012

Nano is right around the corner again! This will be my 11th year participating, and I have had a blast doing it every year. For those of you who haven’t heard of Nano, from their website:

National Novel Writing Month is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to novel writing. Participants begin writing on November 1. The goal is to write a 50,000-word (approximately 175-page) novel by 11:59:59 PM on November 30.

Valuing enthusiasm and perseverance over painstaking craft, NaNoWriMo is a novel-writing program for everyone who has thought fleetingly about writing a novel but has been scared away by the time and effort involved.

As you spend November writing, you can draw comfort from the fact that, all around the world, other National Novel Writing Month participants are going through the same joys and sorrows of producing the Great Frantic Novel. Wrimos meet throughout the month to offer encouragement, commiseration, and—when the thing is done—the kind of raucous celebrations that tend to frighten animals and small children.

In 2011, we had 256,618 participants and 36,843 of them crossed the 50K finish line by the midnight deadline, entering into the annals of NaNoWriMo superstardom forever. They started the month as auto mechanics, out-of-work actors, and middle school English teachers. They walked away novelists.

For even more info, http://nanowrimo.org/en/about.

There are naysayers and supporters for this event, but seeing as how it’s really not hurting anybody, I don’t get the naysayers. If a person wants to write a novel in a month, who’s to say “no”, right?

Don’t expect greatness is my advice…expect fun and frustration and elation and a lot of coffee. Expect some days to be tough and some days to be your happiest spent converting oxygen into carbon dioxide.

Most of all, you can expect fun. It is fun…and that’s why I do it.

I’ve sold 6 of my 10 completed manuscripts…not the nano drafts, of course, but the edited versions. So it’s not just fun, I made a few bucks doing it. In fact, I replaced the old carpet in my bedroom with a hardwood floor with some of the money. Nice.

So join us! And friend me—my name on Nano is DMoore. See this link http://nanowrimo.org/en/participants/dmoore

Hope to see you there!

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