November is National Novel Writing Month

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National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is an annual event where writers from around the world set a goal to write 50,000 words in the month of November.

NaNoWriMo was created to help writers overcome the biggest hurdle facing most would be novelists: the idea that a first draft must be perfect. The goal is not to write an award-winning, publishable novel but to put words onto a page. It doesn’t matter if what you write during NaNoWriMo is good– it’s about doing something you’ve never done before and allowing yourself to be creative without fear.

KPL will be hosting two NaNoWriMo virtual write-ins this November. Register here to join us.

National Novel Writing Month began in 1999 as a daunting but straightforward challenge: to write 50,000 words of a novel in thirty days. Now, each year on November 1, hundreds of thousands of people around the world begin to write, determined to end the month with 50,000 words of a brand new novel. They enter the month as elementary school teachers, mechanics, or stay-at-home parents. They leave novelists.

From About NaNoWriMo

How to Participate

Create a free NaNoWriMo account. After you’ve created an account, you can track your word count, connect with other WriMos, access free writing resources, and more. Young writers or mentors of young writers can join the Young Writers Program for an experience that is tailored to writers 17 and under.

Brainstorm your novel idea. There are so many great resources online to help you plan your novel before the writing officially begins in November. NaNoWriMo’s official prep materials are a great place to start .

Join the Kitchener-Waterloo NaNoWriMo region to sign-up for virtual write-ins. Write-ins are events where writers come together for a dedicated time for writing and socializing and can be a great way to meet other writers and boost your word count.

Follow NaNoWriMo on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Change your profile photo on social media to the NaNoWriMo 2020 badge. This will let your friends know you are taking on an awesome challenge (and potentially warn them you will be in NaNo-land and not to expect speedy replies to text messages.)

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Writing Inspiration



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