National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)

YES! Here we are at another National Novel Writing Month, (November of each year). This year, 125,000 writers and dreamers will participate with the goal of writing a 50,000 word novel during November.

I participated in 2007 and successfully completed over 50,000 words on my novel entitled Twice Betrayed. I still haven't published it but am editing a major change in the novel's theme and story line.

Meanwhile, I have finally decided upon a main character and plotline for this year's NaNoWriMo; we named our new puppy after the character.

There is a wonderful support structure for aspiring writers at NaNoWriMo, with "Write-In" gatherings around the country. There are at least three active Montana NaNo groups that I know of, in Bozeman, Billings and Missoula.

My characters have more sex than me (graphic) by

Billings NaNo writers
will meet at the Leaf Coffee Shop at Eighth and Grand between 4 pm and 7 pm, Saturday, November 1st.

Missoula NaNo writers meet at Liquid Planet (a coffee house) on North Higgins between 2 pm and 4 pm on Sunday, November 2. (Conference room in back on the left)

Bozeman NaNo's haven't yet decided on a meeting place, but I will update this post once we get going in November.

There will be additional gatherings during the month. Isn't it funny how "struggling writers" are identified with COFFEE?

I have my "Winners" certificate from 2007 framed here in my home office, and I even bought the tee-shirt! This is a great time to get into the habit of writing every day, and NaNoWriMo participants support each other!

What if thousands of humans started typing (graphic) by

READY! Write on!


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  1. I'll be doing NaNo too - in Canada though. It's my third year and I'm writing a mystery...

    Good luck to you and all the other Missoula writers! :)

  2. Congratulations on nanowrimo 2007, hope nanowrimo 2008 will be a great one!

    I've heard of nanowrimo and been meaning to participate in it every year but never get around to it... seems like a huge huge commitment, maybe next year!

    I wonder how this will affect your blogging schedule...

  3. i'm in it and started last night. i didn't type as nearly as many words as i need to but i got started and will continue today. should be fun, if not at least i'm starting it whereas before i was just thinking about it.

    hope you complete it.

  4. Congrats on your NaNo endeavor - I'm in it two. On my 5th year but I've only won twice before so I am saying prayers for this year.

    I just wanted to wish you luck, because I stop by your blog every single day. I was excited to see you do NaNo :)

    Off to write :)

    The Daily Dish or It's All About Writing

  5. Is there any blogger who isn't in NaNoWriMo? Not me. Lidian, I'm doing a mystery too. Looks like fun. We'll see.


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