A little incentive to write your story

imageIt’s evident many of you have an aptitude for writing if your blogs, Master’s theses, published articles, and books are any indication. I also know there are a lot of good intentions to write a story, but who ever has the time? Enter National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo).

Their website describes NaNoWriMo as “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, November 30.” Participation is free and everyone who hits 50,000 words by the deadline is declared a winner!

The idea isn’t to write a manuscript fit for publication, it’s just to practice writing, with a group of other writers, on a deadline. They offer pep talks from literary professionals, forums to communicate and gripe with your fellow “NaNoNovelists,” and cool stuff like badges for your blog and word counters to keep you going throughout the month.

Projects must be fictional, but fictionalized accounts of real life are acceptable.

Let me (Angie) know if you’re participating and I’ll keep the group updated on the progress we make. I haven’t yet decided what I’ll be writing about, but I look forward to bouncing around ideas and focusing on writing more intensely than ever before.

You have 12 days to warm up your fingers!