Thirty days and nights of literary abandon!
That's the slogan of National Novel Writing Month.
What is that, you ask?
Run by the The Office of Letters and Light, is a NaNoWriMo (as it's known for short) is "a novel-writing program for everyone who has thought fleetingly about writing a novel but has been scared away by the time and effort involved."
Participants begin writing on November 1. The goal is to write a 50,000-word (approximately 175-page) novel by 11:59:59 PM on November 30.
Anyone can join. Your starting point is creating a login on the website. Here you can get tips, pep talks, have other authors help you edit, the list goes on. Don't forget to check out the Toronto NaNoWriMo group while you're there.
Nov 1 is a week away. Start those creative juices flowing! Here are some good places to start:
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