Write that Novel!

bannerLogo.gifNovember is National Novel Writing Month. While it’s not a specifically Los Angeles activity, there will be local meet ups at coffee houses all over the LA Basin.

Everyone’s got at least one novel in them, and why agonize for years over that manuscript? Valuing quantity over quality, NaNoWriMo is a seat-of-your-pants approach to writing. On November 1st some 30,000 people all over the globe are going to be putting their plots to the test. Signups have already started – check out their website for complete details on the challenge.

NaNoWriMo founder, Chris Baty, will also be visiting Los Angeles to promote his book, No Plot? No Problem!: A Low-Stress, High-Velocity Guide to Writing a Novel in 30 Days.

I’ll be going for my fourth win this year, you can read my travails and triumphs as I go along on my blog. And if you’re really interested in viewing lots of other bad fiction, see this site that lists oodles of blogged NaNovels. (Past winners also include Kathleen McGivney and Will Campbell.)

4 Replies to “Write that Novel!”

  1. Heh! I’ve signed up, as well. First time. Kinda scared, but maybe it’s just the Halloween season kicking in?

    How do people find the time to meet up when they’re spending the month writing a damned novel, for goshsakes?

  2. Ah, the trick, Robert is to write at the meet ups. We just gather at coffee houses, set up our laptops next to each other and type away!

    Check out the nanowrimo.org regional forum and local events calendar.

  3. Alas, I’m a digital cro-magnon man with no laptop! I hope to change this soon, but not by November!

    I’ll go it alone as a hermit this time ’round, but we’ll see what happens by next November! We’ll also see if I’m crazy enough to agree to do this again. Does it get less daunting once you’ve got your first one under your belt?

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