NaNoWriMo starts in three days. The above is a great post by my writer friend Dan on how to get ready.

The Writing of Dan Koboldt

National Novel Writer's MonthThis article is now hosted on my writing blog: 10 Ways to Prepare for NaNoWriMo.

Next week, over a quarter million aspiring writers will undertake a momentous challenge: to write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. The event is called National Novel Writer’s Month, or NaNoWriMo for short. It’s an exhilarating, wild and crazy writing event unlike any of its kind. To reach the total, participants will have to churn out 1,667 words a day.

Will all of it be finely polished prose? Absolutely not. Most of it (judging from my own efforts) will be absolute drivel. Nevertheless, it is a fantastically inspiring way to write a novel. For many of us, NaNoWriMo brings the dream of writing a novel within reach by simply forcing you to sit down and bang it out. It doesn’t come without a cost. Sleep will be minimized, showers skipped, family members tuned…

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