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National Novel Writing Month

NaNoWriMo: Writers, Ban 'Birdman' from Your Brain

Holly Robinson | Posted 01.26.2015 | Books
Holly Robinson

After seeing Birdman I decided every writer should see this movie. That's especially true if you're desperately hammering away at that novel you're trying to finish for National Novel Writing Month.

What's the Point of Writing Fiction, If It Doesn't Pay the Bills?

Holly Robinson | Posted 01.05.2015 | Books
Holly Robinson

If you're trying to make a living as a fiction writer, I certainly know a great many self-published writers who are able to do that. Literary writers, or even commercial writers like me, have a tougher time making a solid income from our fiction.

Write a Novel in Four Weeks? How About Four Years?

Claudia Ricci | Posted 01.03.2015 | Books
Claudia Ricci

Writing a book is a little like getting married: you are through-the-roof ecstatic when you first jump in, but you may very well lose your enthusiasm after a couple (or more) years.

Self-Publishing Literary Fiction: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Cari Noga Reveals All to the Book Doctors

David Henry Sterry | Posted 10.20.2014 | Books
David Henry Sterry

The Book Doctors met Cari Noga in 2011, when she won our National Novel Writing Month Pitchapalooza (think American Idol for books). Her pitch was spectacular, haunting and superbly crafted.

7 Tips To Get You Through The Last Day Of NaNoWriMo

Amy Yoelin | Posted 01.28.2014 | Teen
Amy Yoelin

It may seem like these next two days will be torture. It's supposed to be (I think). But you (yes you, reading this) will find a way to get to your goal, whatever that number may be!

Awesome Motivational Writing Posters That Will Get You To Finish That Novel!

Posted 11.21.2013 | Books

Only nine more days of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month)! You're probably in the final stretch, and we thought these cute motivational Quirk po...

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) Founder Chris Baty on Writing, Writers, Doing & Dreaming

David Henry Sterry | Posted 06.24.2013 | Books
David Henry Sterry

We watched as he built this strange, beautiful community of lunatics and dreamers who, every November, write a 50,000 word book in 30 days. NaNoWriMo, as it's called, now has hundreds of thousands of participants all over the world, writing writing writing.

Faith and a Box Full of Clock Parts

Karen Dionne | Posted 05.22.2013 | Books
Karen Dionne

The truth is, it's not easy to write a novel. Like a clock, a novel has many moving parts that all need to work together in perfect balance. Pace. Momentum. Tension. Plot. Characterization. Story arc. Character arcs.

Revising Your Novel: How to Use Fresh Images and Add Emotional Depth to Your Writing

Holly Robinson | Posted 03.04.2013 | Books
Holly Robinson

Whether you drafted a new novel in November for NaNoWriMo or you're in the middle of a multi-year writing project, one key task in revising your book will be to comb (or machete) your way through it to see whether the imagery is as fresh and original as possible.

50,000 Words In 30 Days

Dana Sachs | Posted 02.04.2013 | Books
Dana Sachs

As you read thisessay, I'll be taking a nap. Or relaxing on my sofa, eating bonbons and reading Christopher Isherwood's Berlin Stories. I'll feel that I deserve these luxuries because, between November 1 and November 30, I will have written an entire novel.

Can Writers Today Become Authors?

Lianna Serko | Posted 01.27.2013 | College
Lianna Serko

I would love to write a novel. Well, actually, I would love to finish writing a novel.

Our NaNoWriMo Authors Discuss

Madeleine Crum | Posted 11.20.2012 | Books

November seems to be breezing along, and so are writers partaking in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), a 30-day sprint to pen at least 50,000 ...

The Latest From Our Six NaNoWriMo Writers

Posted 11.12.2012 | Books

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), an event for which writers buckle down in an attempt to complete 50,000-word stories during the month of Nov...

NaNoWriMo: Could You Write A Book In A Month?

Madeleine Crum | Posted 11.06.2012 | Books

If your favorite coffee shop seems more crowded than usual, don't just chalk it up to the annual surge of fall flavors. It's National Novel Writing Mo...

November Is NaNoWriMo or National Novel Writing Month

Hayley Rose Horzepa | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Hayley Rose Horzepa

With thousands of participants (200,000 and counting this year alone), NaNoWriMo is never dull. Most people have a book in mind that they "plan on writing one day." That is the beauty of NaNoWriMo.

Writing a Dozen Books This Year

Matt Forbeck | Posted 08.12.2012 | Books
Matt Forbeck

The biggest question I hear from people, of course, is "Are the books any good?" The implication, of course, is that something made fast can't be made well.

What to Do With Your NaNoWriMo Story After Midnight November 30th

Nina Lassam | Posted 01.22.2012 | Books
Nina Lassam

In December, when there are no more NaNoWriMo hashtags popping up on Twitter and bloggers have moved onto more topical news, you can still keep the camaraderie and motivation alive to take your story to the next level.

One Novel, 30 Days

Isabel Kaplan | Posted 01.08.2012 | Books
Isabel Kaplan

National Novel Writing Month is a web-based writing "challenge" which challenges participants to write a 50,000-word novel in 30 days. NaNoWriMo counsels participants to understand that "You will be writing a lot of crap. And that's a good thing."

Finding Your Voice: Advice For Young Writers From A Pulitzer Prize Winner

| Junot Díaz | Posted 01.05.2012 | Home

Junot Díaz is the author of Drown and The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, which won the John Sargent, Sr., First Novel Prize; the National Book Cri...

7 People Writing A Novel In A Month

Madeleine Crum | Posted 01.02.2012 | Books

Yesterday marked the launch of this year's National Novel Writing Month, a community-driven movement using forums and in-person meet-ups to help autho...

National Novel Writing Month, Or That Time Of Year Where I Don't Sleep

Jessie Alvarez | Posted 12.26.2011 | Home
Jessie Alvarez

This November marks the 13th NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month, an event where people attempt to write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days.

WATCH: Can You Write A Whole Novel In Just 1 Month?

Posted 12.07.2011 | Books

November 1st brings NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month. The goal for participating authors is to complete a 50,000 word novel in the span of o...

For the Love of Writing -- Not Publication

Melanie Benjamin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Melanie Benjamin

Why are we all in such a rush to be published? It's a question I ask myself a lot. Are we spilling out words like joyless automatons, publication, publication, publication the only thought in our heads?

National Novel Writing Month Is Hooey

Brian Gresko | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Brian Gresko

If you really want to write a novel, you should bite the bullet and put in the time and energy to write something that you're going to want to read and hope others will too.

Word After Word After Word

Ru Freeman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Ru Freeman

If National Novel Writing Month turns my good friend from the medical field into writing, so be it. Just say it well, work hard, revise and you will find that there is room for us all. And while you are at it, read.