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Autumn is my favorite season. The crisp air, the sweaters, the butterbeer, the colorful leaves, and... NaNoWriMo.

For those of you who haven't heard of it... November is National Novel Writing Month.

What started as a personal quest of the creator Chris Baty, and has now turned into a worldwide phenomenon. Each year tens of thousands of participants sit down at their keyboards, their notebooks, and their typewriters with one thing in common. They set out to write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days.

The challenge is to get the words down, despite your inner editor telling you they're not perfect yet, to get words on the page and move on. Once you have a draft you can edit it, but if you keep rewriting the first paragraph you'll never reach the end.

I first discovered NaNoWriMo (NaNo for short) in high school. While the other girls attended football games I sat at my desktop computer tapping away at the keys until I reached 50k. The best part of NaNo, for me at least, is the community. Having that sense of togetherness with other writers scattered across the world is inspiring. Connecting with those other writers on the NaNo forums is both my greatest strength and greatest source of procrastination during November. NaNo novelists come from different walks of life, but have one thing in common... the love of storytelling and the commitment to write.

If you've ever dreamed of writing your own novel join us!

Sign up at nanowrimo.org and then head over to the forums and make some friends.

Every year Quirk posts some great NaNoWriMo content, so if you're new around here, be sure to check out these resources from last year...

NANOWRIMO: SEVEN SEMI-PRODUCTIVE WAYS TO PROCRASTINATE (WITH BONUS MOTIVATIONAL POSTERS!)

NANOWRIMO: YOU ARE GOING TO WRITE A BOOK NEXT MONTH!LET'S WRITE A NOVEL IN A MONTH: PART I

LET’S WRITE A NOVEL IN A MONTH: PART 2—HOW TO WRITE A NOVEL IN A MONTH

LET’S WRITE A NOVEL IN A MONTH: PART 3—HOW TO CHEAT

NANOWRIMO: THE CENTRAL STORY PROBLEM, OR, ALL I NEEDED TO KNOW ABOUT PLOT I LEARNED IN THIRD GRADE

NANOWRIMO: ANATOMY OF A SCENE

And download this free NaNoWriMo wallpaper calendar to keep track of your daily wordcount goals...

Have you participated in NaNoWriMo before or will this be your first year? What are you most excited about? Let's chat in comments.

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Sarah Shotts is a storyteller... wordsmith, photographer & filmmaker. She blogs about daily adventures and epic quests at A Love Letter to Adventure. She is also one half of Swot Sisters and vlogs about all things nerdy with her sister on Youtube. You can find her curled up with a long book and a cup of tea.


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Sarah Shotts

Sarah Shotts is a storyteller... wordsmith, photographer & filmmaker. She blogs about daily adventures and epic quests at A Love Letter to Adventure. She is one half of Swot Sisters on Youtube and vlogs with her sister about all things nerdy. You can find her curled up with a long book and a cup of tea.