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November is National Novel Writing Month

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November is the National Novel Writing Month also known as “NaNoWriMo.”

Writers all around the world are stepping up to the challenge of writing their own novels of at least 50,000 words within the month of November. Participants can upload their novels by the deadline of midnight on Nov. 30 for official verification and will be added to a Winner’s Page and receive a winner’s certificate and web badge. Some of the novels have become best sellers, such as “Night Circus” by Erin Morgenstern.

The organization meets throughout the month to offer encouragement and commiseration.

Ariel Powell is on her fourth year of participating in this world wide event. “The second week was the hardest part for me. That is when I start to doubt my plot and think what I am doing is stupid. I also now have trouble finding time to write with being a full time college student and a part time worker,” Powell said

In the year 2000, there were 140 participants and 29 winners. In 2011, there were a total of 256,618 participants and 36,843 winners.

“I definitely recommend this,” said Powell. “It helps me a lot. You can’t constantly edit yourself or you won’t finish. I have a problem of over-thinking sometimes and this helps me to stop. I just write. I won’t even re-read it until I’m done.”

Every writer starts somewhere, and Powell says this is a good place to start.

“NaNoWriMo is a foot in the door,” Powell said. “You just have to beat the challenges of getting the story down and the struggle of giving up. Everyone wants to give up at some point. However, it’s pushing past that which makes you a novelist.”

For more information visit nanowrimo.org.

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