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30 days to a novel!

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(Press Release) — November is National Novel Writing Month or NaNoWriMo. Writers from around the globe tackle individual projects with the support and friendship of the largest online author group ever.

The tradition goal is to write an entire story of at least 50,000 words, which averages to 1,667 words per day.

There are many ways to succeed at NaNoWriMo. All of them require taking the plunge.

You can sign up at www.nanowrimo.org and get more information at their website and through their blog, Facebook page, and numerous youtube videos from the community of authortube and booktube vloggers.

Some FAQs

  1. Isn’t a novel written in 30 days bad? Who wants to write a bad novel?
  2. The function of a deadline is to get the story written. A first draft is always imperfect, but allowing yourself to write imperfectly oddly enough creates better prose. There is less struggle over word choice, grammar, spelling and punctuation and more emphasis on finding the story, developing characters, and growing the plot. The goal is getting to a completed first draft that can then be edited.
  3. How do you prepare?
  4. Some writers prepare extensively, creating character profiles, world-building Pinterest boards, and detailed outlines. Others are “pantsers” meaning they fly by the seat of their pants and start with very little preparation, maybe just an idea or a character.
  5. What specific advice do you have to prepare for NaNoWriMo?
  6. 1) read, read, read. 2) know what genres you like to read and then decide to write in one of those genres. 3) watch some you-tube videos like those from Reedsy, Shaelin Writes, Alexa Donne, Erin Brock, I Writerly, Jericho Writers, and others that have excellent writing advice content; 4) check some basic guidebooks like No Plot? No Problem! By Chris Baty, or Save the Cat Writes a Novel by Jessica Brody.
  7. Am I too young?
  8. NaNoWriMo is open to writers age 13 and older; but young students who are any age up to 17 years can sign up on the alternate site for the Young Writers Program or YWP, and set their own word counts. Teachers can use the YWP in their classrooms, too.
  9. What do I win if I join NaNoWriMo?
  10. The writing challenge is personal. You get the output of your writing! You can also download a winner’s certificate and print it out. You get bragging rights that you’re a novelist. And some businesses offer promotions to NaNoWriMo winners (like discounts and invitations for editing, submissions, reviews, self-publishing, etc.)
  11. Has anyone from the CNMI ever joined? Written a novel?
  12. Yes! Each year since at least 2005 there have been writers here pushing their creativity and working on novels. Last year, three writers crossed the goal line of 50k. These CNMI novels may not be published, yet, but novels from NaNoWriMo writers around the world have been published, and it’s only a matter of time!
  13. Will there be local write-ins and community events?
  14. This is 2020 and it looks like we’re still employing heightened measures to stay safe from the Covid19 pandemic. We’ve had write-ins in Saipan in the past. This year, everything is Zoom! But we’re in the same time zone. You won’t be writing alone.

November 2020 pssnewsletter

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