Tomorrow marks the beginning of the 15th annual National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). It has come a long, long way since 1999 when it only had 21 participants—there were 341,375 participants last year!

nonaowrimoThe goal is to write 50,000 words of your novel between November 1 and the deadline, 11:59:59PM November 30. This could be the halfway point for a typical adult novel, or perhaps a completed children’s/young adult novel. How far you take the story is up to you. Some writers may have already signed up and begun an outline, but it’s not too late to jump on board if this is the first you are hearing of it. I have been thinking of joining for years now, but always felt cheated because I only remember halfway through the month. This year I was reminded in time, and I’m all geared up to start writing tomorrow.

Stay motivated with the help of a whole community of writers, including online check-ins and in-person meetings. For those in the Greater Toronto Area, there are Write Ins, brunches, and book swaps to look forward to!

For more information, visit their website here: http://nanowrimo.org/how-it-works

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