National Novel Writing Month Kicks Off November 1st

Here is a fun and challenging project to tackle: write a 50,000-word novel in 30 days. No editing, no re-writes, just fast and furiously pounding away on the keyboard, averaging 1667 words per day!

November is National Novel Writing Month, sponsored by the non-profit Office of Letters and Light.

I am participating this year. I have a plot, a main character, and a setting. Now I must make the words flow....lots of dialog that I am certain will need a lot of editing....but that will be for December (and many months thereafter).

NaNoWriMo, as it is known, also sponsors a Young Writers Program, with hundreds of schools participating in this event.

If you complete the 50,000 words, you win! There are no prizes, just a certificate that says you are a Winner! Then the difficult re-writes begin.

Several NaNoWriMo authors have successfully published their work, inluding Sara Gruen, who wrote Water for Elephants.

I encourage you to participate. Just sign up at the website and join a regional support group. We even have local group here in Missoula who meet up at Liquid Planet on Higgins Avenue, Sundays at 2 pm. Join us!


  1. I have thought about it several years now, but I just don't have time.

  2. I have enough trouble thinking of what to write for a blog post, I can't imagine writing a novel. Best wishes to you on yours.

  3. Good luck with your novel. I'm currently making my third attempt at NaNoWriMo. I won in 2007, got off track in 2008 and am off to an okay start for 2009.

    My daughter has written and self published two novels through NaNoWriMo. They are The Silent Serian and Subtle Differences. She's working on a sequel to The Silent Serian this year.

    It is hard to find time for the writing, but if you can find the time it is great fun.

    I look forward to checking in on various blogging friends to see how they are doing through out the month.


I would be very pleased if you leave a comment. I will read every one too!!!
Doug (Gruggers) in Missoula