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Nanowrimo.org

November 02, 2006

What's the point? -- Have you ever thought about writing a novel but lacked the motivation to get started? That's where this site, home of National Novel Writing Month, comes in. The goal is to write a 50,000-word, or approximately 175-page, novel in one month. (As they say on the site, the goal is quantity, not quality - editing comes later, if you want to.) All writers who meet the word-count goal (verified by computer) will receive a certificate of achievement. There's also a separate site for kids 12 and younger who want to take part, ywp.nanowrimo.org. Though the event officially kicked off yesterday, people can register through Nov. 30.

What to look for --Once you sign up and create a profile, you can affiliate yourself with a particular region and have access to a calendar of local events (kickoffs, write-ins, etc.) you can attend. This isn't a requirement, but it might give you a little extra push to meet the deadline. Also, there are many forums, so when you aren't writing a novel, you can post about the woes and wonders of writing.

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