NaNoWriMo or PAD?

Good morning, writers. It’s almost November. That brings to mind winter weather and Thanksgiving. Time to get serious about those Christmas presents. But it’s also time to write.

NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month, starts Nov. 1. For those who have been living on another planet, NaNoWriMo is an annual writing adventure that challenges folks to write a novel–or at least 50,000 words of one–in a month. That means 1,600 words a day. No one expects perfection to result, but it’s a great exercise and may just get that book you’ve been talking about well on its way to completion.

Last year I signed up and then chickened out, but I’m going for it this year. NaNoWriMo offers an online community, incentives to keep writing, and opportunities to meet with people in your area to write together.

If novels aren’t your thing, about about the Poem a Day challenge? Robert Lee Brewer, editor of Writer’s Market and Poet’s Market, hosts this at his Poetic Asides blog. Every day in November, he will post a prompt which you can use or not to write a poem. You’re welcome to post your poems and read those of others doing the challenge, but it’s not required. When it’s over, you can put your poems together in a chapbook and enter a competition for the best chapbook.

In reality, every day can be a writing challenge day. But these two challenges give you a chance to join others to write together. Give it a try. I’m going to.



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