Write A Novel This November!

National Novel Writing Month Logo‘Hey.’ Your best friend walks over. Or maybe it’s your mum, your teacher, your co-worker. ‘I’m going to write a novel this month. I’d like you to write one too.’

I want you to imagine this. I want you to consider it. Because it sounds crazy, right?

Writing a novel – a BOOK, you know, those big things with all the pages in – in a month has got to be completely mad. Who DOES that?

Well … as it turns out, a lot of people. Many of them even live in Swindon. And if you stop to think about it, writing a novel in a month isn’t any less crazy – but it’s a genius kind of crazy. It’s brilliant. It’s a lightbulb pinging on in your brain.

Your life is really busy. You have things to do. People to see. WORK (although the less said about that, the better). And writing a novel is a big commitment.

Unless you do it in a month.

Enter National Novel Writing Month.

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing.

On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30.

Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought about writing a novel.

Nobody looks over your shoulder. Your writing can be as rubbish as you like. All you have to do is write 50,000 words in one month (that’s roughly 1667 words a day) and at the end … you’ll have a book. It’ll need work, sure, but you’ll have written it. And earned bragging rights for being NOVELIST, which is a nifty title.

Though it is largely done at home, alone, and online, the local Swindon region has many in-person meet-ups throughout the month where you can get advice and moral support and write alongside other participants.

NaNo-2015-Participant-Badge-Large-SquareAnd honestly … writing a novel is for everyone and anyone. If you’ve ever felt like you had a book inside of you just waiting to get out … well, now’s your chance.

For more information and to sign up for National Novel Writing Month, please visit www.nanowrimo.org.

Article written by Victoria Boulton, Swindon Municipal Liaison and organiser of the NaNoWriMo group meeting at Swindon Central LIbrary, Regent Circus, SN1 1QP every Saturday in November from 12-3.30pm. Why not pop along to the launch day and information session on 31 October from 12-3.30pm at Central Library to find out more?