Yesterday kicked off National Novel Writing Month, better known as NaNoWriMo. Anyone can join the international project – all it takes is a commitment to write 50,000 words in a month – approximately the length of a 175-page novel. The 2006 project had over 79,000 participants sign up, but only 13,000 reach the 50k word goal by November 30th.
Perhaps its somewhat ironic that this comes on the heels of the Writer’s Guild strike. But I’m sure all this will really mean is that local coffee shops will only be MORE crowded this month than in past years, as the NaNoWriMo people will have to crowd in with all the screenwriters who’ve been displaced from production offices.
But while the strikers are clacking away, taking advantage of the break to crack out a spec script or two, numerous local NaNoWriMo authors will be working on the next great, or not so great American novel. On the project’s message boards some in particular have already announced their opuses will take place in Los Angeles, from vampire stories to sci-fi epics and mysteries taking place in the Valley.
If you want to join this maelstrom of keyboard clackers and story tellers, just go to the NaNoWriMo site, sign up, and follow the instructions. The forums there are an added bonus – a place to bounce ideas around, have your writers block ass kicked when necessary, writing tips, and general encouragement. And if actual facetime with other like authors is more your speed, they also list “write ins” at coffee shops around Los Angeles throughout the month where you can write with other NaNoWriMo’s or just share a cup of joe.
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