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One Month, 50,000 words. NaNoWriMo 2015

Good day my fellow bookworms! I apologize for my brief absence. I am getting married in three days and have been scrambling to get everything taken care of.

October is swiftly passing us by and November with be here sooner than you expect and, with that said, I have one question for you all:

Do I have any fellow NaNoWriMo friends out there?

This photo is courtesy of nanowrimo.org
This photo is courtesy of nanowrimo.org

For those unfamiliar with the catchy portmanteau, I will explain. NaNoWriMo is a shortened version of National Novel Writing Month. It is an event that traditionally takes place throughout the month of November where writers from across the world come together online (and sometimes in person). Each writer has a goal: to write 50,000 words.

It sounds daunting, but the task is made fun because you literally have thousands of other writers on your side, doing the same thing you are. One of the best things about the NaNo community is that vast amount of resources available to writers through the forums. From grammar help and character-naming to fact-finding and writing prompts, everyone comes together to help each other make the best of the time they’re allotted. You can even connect with other writers in your area to do local write-ins and meet-ups. The possibilities are endless! For more information on NaNoWriMo or to sign up, visit the website.

The best part? It’s free. There is no charge to join. While they do like donations to help keep the site running and fund all the goodies you can buy, it’s not required at all.

Several authors and books you might have heard of are products of NaNoWriMo:

If you have ever seen the movie or, better yet, read the book Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen, it was a NaNoWriMo novel. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (one of my favorite books) was a NaNo published in 2011. Here is a small sample of popular NaNoWriMo books:

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Water for Elephants by Sarah Gruen
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Persistence of Memory by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes

If you’re looking for a fun and rewarding challenge, I would definitely recommend joining the NaNoWriMo community. My username is Amavara. Find me on there and add me as a buddy. Send me a message telling me that you read my post and I will cheer you on as you race to write 50,000 words.

Cheers, fellow bookworms!
xTheBookWench

This photo is courtesy of nanowrimo.org
This photo is courtesy of nanowrimo.org

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