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11/02/2012 09:01 am ET | Updated Jan 02, 2013

Like Writing? NaNoWriMo Might Be for You!

Do you like to write? Does writing a novel sound like fun to you? The good news is that November holds a great opportunity for you! November is National Novel Writing Month, known to most literary geeks and writing fanatics as NaNoWriMo.

The rules for NaNoWriMo are that you -- anyone, everyone, people of all ages -- must write a novel, defined as 50, 000 words or more, in the month of November. There is no criteria limiting what you can write, which allows you to try whatever you want with your writing. You can't start writing before November, but you can certainly plan out what you're going to write and create character sketches. NaNo is a huge time commitment -- it entails writing at least 1,700 words a day for an entire month -- but it's tons of fun and a great way to improve your writing.

The official website for NaNo has many useful tools. Believe it or not, there are support groups for this huge event, and you can find one near you using the official website of NaNo, www.nanowrimo.org. The website also has pep talks, a very useful resource when you're trying to crank out so many words in such a short time. Additionally, there are forums where writers discuss their masterpieces.

Remember that a NaNo isn't going to be pretty. It is a huge challenge for a reason. You aren't allowed to go back and edit it at all until after November (if you choose to do so), and not every sentence will be spectacular. But it's a jolly good time, and writing so much in a short period can help you see how you can improve your writing and thus make you a better writer.

Unless you choose to share your NaNo with others, it is a private piece of writing. No one has to see it if you don't want them to. However, if you join a support group in your school or community, you can share what you've written throughout the process and when it's complete. Whether you choose to keep your NaNo to yourself or share it with others in your community, it's a great opportunity to improve your writing and a strong thing to have on your college applications.