Have you always called yourself a novelist but haven’t even finished writing the first chapter of your book? Then this is your moment.
National Novel Writing Month, also known as NaNoWriMo, begins today and is expected to inspire over 500,000 participants to try and complete their masterpieces before the deadline of 11:59 p.m. on November 30.
Launched in 1999 and growing in popularity ever since, National Novel Writing Month is “meant to inspire budding (or seasoned) writers to set aside their ‘what ifs’ and procrastination to strive toward a deadline,” reports the International Business Times.
“NaNoWriMo teaches you to believe that your story matters, to trust the gambols of your imagination, and to make the blank page a launching pad to explore new universes,” says Grant Faulkner, Executive Director of NaNoWriMo.
Jennifer Wilde participated in the event last year and was surprised at how it helped her as a author. “[NaNoWriMo] helped me to find my voice again, gave me back the joy of writing and showed me that I could persevere and be a writer,” she shared.
Participants can sign up on the NaNoWriMo page to keep track of their progress, earn badges along the way, connect with other writers and get pep talks from established authors like Jenny Han, Alexander Chee and Maggie Steifvater.
If you can commit to writing an entire novel this month then visit the NaNoWriMo website to learn more about the program and get involved. Who knows? Once you start, you could turn out to be the next J.K. Rowling.
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