The idea of writing a whole novel is one that appeals to a great many people. You consider it - but the problem is one of scale! Writing a novel seems likely to be long, difficult and arduous, but if these are the kinds of fears that stop you from trying - then the National Novel Month is absolutely the ticket for getting over them!
National Novel Writing Month is a writing competition for 2011 - use the whole of the month of November to write yourself a novel. That's it - no fancy terms and conditions (and actually no real competition, unless you want it!) - no pep talk about how "you're worth it": this is all about you and your ability to write or begin writing that perfect novel you've always wanted to.
Want to jump straight in? Great!
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Of course, we're here to help guide you and put you on the right track for starting the contest, but if you've ever wanted to write a book and not quite had the motivation to start, November 1st to November 30th is the perfect way to help stretch yourself.
The challenge, or competition if you like to see it that way, is to produce a set amount of written work within 30 days. Hundreds of people have achieved this goal - and believe us - you can too! By setting aside just an hour a day during November, you can write yourself a novel, a novella, or the start of a brilliant novel that's just aching to punch its way out of you.
30 days - 1,000 words a day = 30,000 words, easily enough for a first novel!
If you're interested in finding out more, visit the official National Novel Writing Month website
Remember, writing your first novel (or even your second or third!) is supposed to be fun. If you can't make it fun then make sure to check out the hundreds of resources that are available for new writers and experienced writers alike.
The national novel writing month is all about challenging yourself to do the thing you've always wanted but felt you've never had time. Honestly and truthfully - there has never been a better time than right now - and if you want to join in with the national novel writing month's challenge, you'd better get on it now.