I always like the first of the month, because it feels like a fresh start. Nov. 1 is particularly special because it marks the beginning of National Novel Writing Month, which encourages participants to pen a 50,000-word novel in 30 days.
Now is the perfect time to sign up, and the website includes tools like a blog, pep talks, writing tips, regional writing groups, a word count tracker, even merchandise.
Here's an introductory video to kick things off:
I've participated in NaNoWriMo before, and it's a fun exercise to get the writing muscles flowing. You may not get your quickie novel published, but the next book might be a winner!
Good luck to all of this year's participants. Now go finish some pages during your lunch break...
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