Got Your Pen Ready? It’s National Novel Writing Month

By Marin Langlieb

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Ah, November…the month of Thanksgiving, fall leaves, football games and, most important, National Novel Writing Month.

National Novel Writing Month, known as “NaNoWriMo” for short, is a monthlong event that kicked off midnight November 1, 2015, and extends until 11:59 p.m. on November 30, during which time each participant attempts to write a 50,000-word novel.

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According to , the challenge is for “anyone who has ever thought about writing a novel” and values “enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline.” Writers of all experience levels are encouraged to join in. If 50K words seems like a little much with your busy schedule—trust us, we get it—there’s a Young Writers Program in which you can choose your own word-count goals.

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Ready to get inspired? All month long, grab a warm cup of hot cocoa, your best pen (or your laptop) and all the creativity you can muster, because NaNoWriMo is helping you turn your best ideas into bestsellers. Join in online to track your word count, conspire with other aspiring authors and even take on cool dares from the “dare machine,” like including an unexplained weather phenomenon in the next couple pages of your project!

Still need some more inspiration? Check out some of these popular novels penned and inspired by past NaNoWriMo events….


The Night We Said Yes by Lauren Gibaldi

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Olivia Bean, Trivia Queen by Donna Gephart

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Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

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Take the Reins by Jessica Burkhart

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The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

Ready? Write on!

Reprinted with permission from

Had you ever had an idea for a novel? What sort of topics do you like to write about? Tell us in the comments below.


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