Thousands of writers; one intense month
By Morgan on November 1st, 2011
That noise you hear? It’s the sound of thousands of writers tapping millions of keys, scribbling pages of notes, and brewing billions of pots of coffee. It’s a cacophony of inspiration!
Today kicks off National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo for short, because who doesn’t like abbreviations?). NaNoWriMo is “30 days and nights of literary abandon” — where the goal is to write a 50,000 word novel in jut 30 days. No editing; no fretting; no going back and deleting the ten chapters you wrote the week before; NaNoWriMo is all about just getting it done.
As publishers of children’s books, we regularly gawk at the writers in our presence. The myth of the writer — this archetypal character who lives alone in the wilderness, tortured by a need to create — is usually just that: a myth. I like NaNoWriMo because it takes what can be a mysterious, scary process (writing) and turns it into a palatable goal. Just sit down and write.
Galleycat has 30 tips — one for each day — to help you get started and, more importantly, stick with it. (Because we all know someone who has a half-finished manuscript stored on a USB somewhere!) And of course, go to the source: the NaNoWriMo site is a treasure trove of resources, including a super-supportive community of participants.
If you’re participating, we’d love to hear about it. Let us know in the comments!
- Sarah Jessica Parker and Zac Posen will help celebrate the 90th annual Scholastic Art & Writing Awards!