November is almost here, and November is… National Novel Writing Month, also known as NaNoWriMo! The challenge is to write 50,000 words in a month – the first draft of a novel – and you can read more about what NaNoWriMo is, the rules and how to take part on the website if you’ve never heard of it before.
If you struggle with motivation or just need a kick up the backside sometimes, NaNoWriMo is a good way to make yourself carve out some time each day to write. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a published novelist or have never put pen to paper before – why not give it a try?
We do have a little afterword for you. If you finish 50,000 words in NaNoWriMo, congratulations. It shows discipline, determination and dedication. Don’t stop there. Lots of people finish a first draft, but how many of them finish a novel? Don’t rush to self-publish or to send your synopsis off to agents and publishers (and when you do, definitely don’t mention NaNoWriMo in the covering letter). Take time to edit and revise. You can ask people you know to give you their opinions, and we offer an impartial critiquing service as well as copy-editing and proofreading for when you get to that crucial final draft.
We look forward to helping you get your finished novel into stores around the world. It may take several more months or years before it’s complete but when the time comes, we hope you’ll remember us and come back to www.helpforwriters.me!
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