Writing a novel? For NaNoWriMo? Here’s how to bring yours alive – just in time!

How To Write Fiction Without The FussRemember how much we enjoyed Lucy McCarraher’s amazing series of tutorials called “How To Write Fiction Without The Fuss,” here on HTWB earlier this year?

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NaNoWriMo and other writing races: here’s a very stupid question

November is a month when thousands of wannabee novelists gather under the banner of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and race to produce a 50,000 word novel in a month. This was the brainchild of a certain Chris Baty, now operating within the organization running it, called The Office of Letters and Light.

From diddly squat back in 1999, NaNoWriMo now attracts approaching a quarter of a million participants all scratching away at their laptops racing to churn out their 50K quota of words by November 30th.

“All told, when NaNoWriMo wrapped at November’s end (2010), 200,530 participants had written 2,872,682,109 words, with 37,479 winners blowing through the 50,000-word goal,” it says on the website’s history page which is almost as long as a novel in itself.

This year at the time of writing (November 16th) the total collective word count for the 2011 session so far is just over 1.2 million and burgeoning.

Literary merit?

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