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National Author’s Day and NaNoWriMo

Good morning, everyone! I can’t believe that it’s already the first of November! Today is National Author’s Day, which is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the work of your favorite authors.

Here are a few ideas for how you could celebrate National Author’s Day…

  • Set aside some time to read a book by your favorite author.
  • Write and post a review about a book you really enjoyed.
  • Reach out to an author on social media and let them know how much you enjoy their work.
  • Help support authors by purchasing their newest books. (This is also a good opportunity to support local, independent bookstores.)
  • Make a commitment to participate in NaNoWriMo, or offer words of encouragement to someone who has decided to participate.
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In addition to National Author’s Day, November 1st is also the beginning of National Novel Writing Month, otherwise known as NaNoWriMo. If you’re not familiar with NaNoWriMo, it’s a yearly event which challenges writers to “write 50,000 words of a novel” during the month of November.

You might be thinking, “That’s crazy! There’s no way that I would ever have time to do that!”

I don’t blame you. It does seem like a lot. Just like the POPSUGAR Reading Challenge is a chance to challenge yourself as a reader, events like NaNoWriMo are opportunities to stretch yourself as a writer. Even if you don’t think you can finish a 50,000 word novel in the next 30 days, participating in NaNoWriMo is still a worthwhile activity for aspiring writers…especially if you take care to set reasonable goals for yourself.

While many NaNoWriMo participants will be attempting to complete an entire novel (or at least 50,000 words of one) during the month of November, this month is also a good time to just get started on that book you’ve always wanted to write, or finish an ongoing work in progress.

Personally, I am going to be participating in NaNoWriMo for the very first time. Earlier in the year, I began working on an outline for the first book of a cozy mystery series, which has not yet been written. My goal is to write a rough draft of this book by the end of the month.

If you’re interested in participating yourself (or you’d like to learn more about the non-profit organization associated with this challenge), you might be interested in checking out the NaNoWriMo website. The website does offer some free tools to help authors who are participating in this month’s challenge, but you do have to create an account to gain access to these tools.

I don’t plan to use any of the organization’s services this year, so I decided against creating an account, but the website does include some interesting information that is worth checking out. The website also has some cool writing-focused merchandise available, which will appeal to both writers and teachers.

I’m really looking forward to spending time working on my novel this month! I think I’m going to have a lot of fun!

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