November is National Novel Writing Month. Writers sign up at the NaNoWriMo website and promise to write a 50,000 word draft by November 30th. It gives writers a chance to take their craft more seriously and make it a priority in their lives that it might not normally have.
The website forums feature practical and moral support for the budding novelist. NaNoWriMo writers from around the world challenge each other for word count dominance. If you have a question on your book’s time, place, or setting, chances are someone will have an answer. “Shout outs” allow the writer to post success stories along the journey. Even if you don’t plan to write a novel, the NaNo Rebels forum support those who decide to write non-fiction or some other form in November.
There is no cost to join and if you don’t make it all the way to the 50,000 words, there is no penalty. Winners do get the chance to get goodies like discounted writing software and free copies of their book if they publish via CreateSpace.
Locally, the Rockford group – known as the “NaNo Knights” – is planning several write-ins across the area. There will be a write-in at the Cherry Valley District Library every Sunday of November from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. Everyone is invited to attend and write. Other events will be posted in the Rockford forum on the NaNoWriMo site. All events are BYOWU (Bring Your Own Writing Utensils). Good luck!