The Challenge: Write your Novel in a Month

Are you up to the challenge of finishing the first draft of your novel in one month? Would you like some accountability partners to help you get there?

You’re in luck.

November is National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, as participants call it. The goal is to write down 50,000 words for a first draft of your novel between November 1 and November 30.

Are you curious? Interested? Intimidated? Read the press release from the official NaNoWriMo organization.

 

Unleash Your Creative Superpowers with National Novel Writing Month

 

Berkeley, CA (September 25, 2017)—One part writing boot camp, one part rollicking party, National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) celebrates its 19th year of encouraging creativity, education, and the power of the imagination through the largest writing event in the world.

This year, NaNoWriMo expects over 400,000 people—including over 70,000 K-12 students and educators on our Young Writers Program website—to start a 50,000-word novel in the month of November. Throughout the month, they’ll be guided by this year’s theme: Superpowered Noveling.

Join the League of Extraordinary Writers

“NaNoWriMo ignites people’s superheroic creative powers every year by empowering them to write their stories. It takes courage, grit, resilience—and wild imaginative leaps—to write 50,000 words of a novel in a month. Our stories save us from villainous forces that we encounter every day. Our stories determine the future of our world,” says Grant Faulkner, Executive Director of NaNoWriMo.

Last year, NaNoWriMo welcomed 384,126 participants, in 646 different regions, on six continents. Of these, more than 34,000 met the goal of writing 50,000 words in a month.

This year, participants will be inspired by weekly “pep talks” penned by published authors, including Roxane Gay, Kevin Kwan, Julie Murphy, and Grant Faulkner. NaNoWriMo will also provide participants access to mentorship from authors including Emily X. R. Pan, Mur Lafferty, and Jasmine Guillory.

Our Mission Statement

National Novel Writing Month is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that believes your story matters. We provide the structure, community, and encouragement to help people find their voices, achieve creative goals, and build new worlds—on and off the page.

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For further details about the NaNoWriMo youth program, please see NaNoWriMo Press-Release-2017 .

We will post more stories related to NaNoWriMo throughout the month of November. Let us know if you are participating this year!

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Terri Farley Critique Opportunity

Do you have a manuscript ready to go that you would like to have a professional author look over? Now is your chance!

Best-selling author Terri Farley will be speaking at the Writers Forum meeting on November 11. After her presentation, Terri is offering to have one-on-one critiques on  with individual authors on ten pages of their material. There are two things you need to know for this to happen…

  • There is a $40 fee. Some of this fee comes back to Writers Forum as a fund raiser.
  • Terri needs your ten pages in advance of her visit, so she has time to read your work and give you a well thought out critique.

The deadline for submissions is coming up very quickly…October 25. Yes, you read that right…next Wednesday.

You can contact Jennifer Levens directly by phone at (530) 722-0504, or e-mail at theatermaven2@gmail.com ,  or you can speak to her at tomorrow’s Writers Forum meeting.

If you have a manuscript ready to go, this is a great opportunity for a profession opinion on how to improve your chances for publication.

Good luck, and have fun.

See you tomorrow for Anna Elkins’ presentation on poetry!

Advice From The First Five Pages

I recently discovered a wonderful writing podcast. It’s actually a radio program out of UC Irvine. The program is Writers on Writing, and the host, Barbara DeMarco-Barrett, chats with writers about their writing, and with people in the publishing industry about writing.

In this particular podcast, Barbara talks with author Kevin Canty about his book The Underworld, and with literary agent Noah Lukeman. Noah wrote the book The First Five Pages, and in this interview, he talks about how agents and editors can tell in the first few pages of a manuscript whether an author ‘has the chops’ to carry the rest of the story. Noah appeals to us to take the craft of writing seriously, and to constantly write to improve our ability with the craft.

Fascinating interviews! Give them a listen!

The Noah Lukeman half of the program starts at about 28 minutes into the podcast.

 

Online Resources

At our March meeting, Jennifer Levens provided Writers Forum with some excellent ideas for researching our books. Jennifer wanted us to prevent those ‘a-HA!’ moments when readers spot errors in history or geography in a book. Here are some of the online resources she provided.

Artcyclopedia is a source for artists or art movements.

BioMedCentral is an archive of over 170 biology, chemistry, and medical journals.

DigitalHistory is a great archive for American history. If you can’t find what you need, you can submit your questions for a professional historian to answer.

FindArticles.com is a database of articles back to 1998 from about 500 print periodicals.

You have probably heard of the Library of Congress. They have used your tax dollars to make much of their collection available to you in the comfort of your own home at no extra cost to you. Money well spent, I’d say.

The Perseus Digital Library is great for researching Ancient History, the English Renaissance, or the American Civil War.

The largest collection of free books on the Internet can be found at Project Gutenberg.

Unfortunately, due to the volatile nature of the Internet, some of the links provided at the meeting no longer work like they used to. For instance, INFOMINE apparently used to be a great resource for ‘mining information’ from all sorts of online academic resources. The current INFOMINE, however, seems to be strictly devoted to inormation ON mining, and a subscription is necessary to access much of that.

The links provided above work as they are intended today: April 1, 2017. (No. This is not an April Fools’ joke. Seriously.)

Enjoy your research!