November is the annual National Novel Writing month — or, as it's best known, NaNoWriMo.
The event continues to grow, and new highlights include a partnership with Wattpad. Participants who upload their stories will be eligible to win $2,000 and access a community of millions of writers. Cafes, bookstores and other spaces have also agreed to serve as community writing spaces; the official site will help you find resources in your town.
A hallmark of the event is its "pep talks" from noted authors. This year Lev Grossman, James Patterson, Rowell and many others are slated to share their writing advice. The archive of pep talks is fantastic and includes words from Neil Gaiman, Lynda Barry, Nick Hornby, Jonathan Lethem, Dave Eggers and more folks we admire.
It doesn't cost anything to sign up, other than your pledge to crank out thousands of words. I've decided to join the pack and get my Jacmuir done. Please show your support!
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