National Novel Writing Month: Inspiration
National Novel Writing Month kicks off on November 1st, and if you've ever thought of writing your own novel, (or are thinking about it now!) why not get involved?
On their website nanowrimo.org, the team at National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo for short) describe the idea as 'a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing,' and this is how it works:
- You start by deciding to write 50,000 words in the 30 days of Novemeber. It sounds like a lot - but rest assured you won't be alone!
- Make a profile on their website so you can connect with other writers, share ideas and thoughts, and spur each other on.
- Announce that you'll be writing a novel! A scary step perhaps, but why not take the leap?
- Earn badges along the way for participation and writing - no one is too old (or too young!) for a gold star.
- Get inspired. There's all sorts of pep talks and resources coming on the NaNoWriMo website.
- And, not forgetting a very important step, start writing!
There's all sorts to look forward to throughout the month, not least having written a novel by the end of it! And of course you get an online trophy for your win from NaNoWriMo, because lets face it, if you've made it to the end you are unquestionably a winner.
Writing is for everyone, and though some things can make it more difficult for some than others, it doesn't mean that you shouldn't give it a go!
Whilst it can be daunting, writing's also exciting, and so in aid of number 5 above (getting inspired), we've put together a Pinterest board with some fun, engaging and useful tips to help you mastermind your story.
Click on the infographics to view them larger, or scroll down and press on the 'See on Pinterest' button to see the whole collection of tips, advice and inspiration.
If you decide to get involved with National Novel Writing Month, do let us know! We'd love to hear about your story and your progress. And if you happen to read this post after November 1st, it's never too late to start writing, so don't let anything put you off doing what could be one of the best decisions you've ever made.
Written by Holly Newson.