NaNoWriMo: One-Month Novella

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a writing jag free-for-all approach to novel writing. Participants begin writing on November 1st. The goal: complete a 175-page (50,000-word) novel by midnight, November 30.

Why? Because.

As founder Chris Baty has it: "In a moment of caffeinated ambition, I had the idea that it would be pretty great to write a novel in a month. And it would be even cooler if I could get a bunch of friends to write novels with me."

And that's how it started. What you win at the end of it: A novel. Well, a novella. The one you wrote. That's it, really.

Still, hell of a good excuse to pull the plug on the TV, innit?

Find out more here, or find NaNoWriMo bloggers, here.

Need help? Here are some quick hits from our Writers Bloc series:

"The Impatient Writer's Guide to Worldbuilding"
by novelist Victoria Strauss
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"Bombshell: Writing Action-Adventure That Rocks"
by Natashya Wilson, senior editor, Bombshell
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by chick lit author Andrea Semple
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Find more books/writers content in the OCT/NOV issue of "Arte Six".