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An open letter from NaNoWriMo

Thank you for opening this briefing. This message will self-destruct in five minutes.

You are receiving this transmission because we have a task only you can handle. Intelligence has it on good authority that there is a novel inside of you: a story so crucial it must be shared with the world. Your mission, if you choose to accept it: write your novel in 30 days. Code name? Operation: Power-Up.
 
As always, NaNo HQ is in the sky and on your shoulder, ready to guide you through.
 
Assemble Your Team: Get Sponsored
This mission is not a one-agent job. You are authorized to keep your friends and family apprised of your progress, and encouraged to establish an inner circle. Consider engaging that inner circle in your mission by asking them to sponsor your novel through StayClassy and support your march to success.
 
Establish Your Supply Lines: Help Earn $10,000 for NaNoWriMo and the YWP
Our partner agency, Goodsearch, has committed up to $10,000 to encourage the creative cause this November. How can you help?
  1. Download and install the Goodshop button for your browser.
  2. Make a purchase from their more than 3,000 online vendors, including Amazon.com, by December 31. November provisions such as caffeine and candy have full HQ approval.
  3. Goodsearch will donate $5 and 20% of your total purchases to NaNoWriMo and the Young Writers Program.
Get kitted out to ensure the success of your mission while supporting the creative mission of young writers in classrooms the world over. That’s the kind of team player that earns medals.
 
Meet Your Handlers: Seek Advice from Published, Veteran Authors
We’ve lined up a series of published authors to guide you through your trials, tribulations, and triumphs via our Twitter account. Beginning on Monday, October 28, authors like Teri Brown, Jason Hough, and Kristyn Kusek Lewis will take over @NaNoWriMo to provide the advice, inspiration, and intel you need.
 
You have our support, you have our faith, you have the fate of a world in your capable, authorly hands.
 
(Please pretend this email exploded with a small puff),
 
Tim Kim
Editorial Director

 

 

 
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Posted by on October 23, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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I must think I have too much time on my hands

ImageNational Novel Writing Month is November. Each year NaNoWriMo (pronounced nano-rye-mo) unites people who think it would be cool to write a novel but aren’t motivated, can’t spend years of their life on something – but can commit to some time for 30 days or need companionship to keep them going.

The goal is to start from scratch on Nov. 1 and write a 50,000 word novel by Nov. 30. Last year there was 256, 618 participants and 36, 843 winners (a winner is someone who meets the word count and has put together a coherent story, i.e. not writing nonsense). Broken down, it’s 1667 words a day over the period. I lasted about 17 days last time and wrote something on the order of 30,000 words. Let’s be honest – it was awful. But it was fun and I enjoyed being part of a larger community pursuing this goal. Every night after writing I would upload my word count and see how I was faring as compared to others in the region and across the globe.

I’m going to give it a go again this year. Maybe I’ll only make it 5 days, maybe I’ll ‘win’.

If it sounds like something you’d be interested in trying, start here. And remember, you’re supposed to try things and fail – otherwise you’re not really trying

 
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Posted by on October 17, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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