Cybils nominations opening that I almost completely forgot that registration for National Novel Writing Month opened on October 1!
National Novel Writing Month is held in November each year and participants try their darndest to write a 50,000-word novel during the month of November. The purpose is to encourage creative endeavors, to get words down on paper, to stop worrying about how good it is and just do it.
Nothing counts except your word count. No one will read your novel unless you want them to. The novels aren't necessarily ever published (although in some cases, authors have gone on to revise and sell their NaNoWriMo novels!).
Write a novel because it's fun. Because you love to write. Because it can be great therapy at the end of a hard day. Because there's a whole community of thousands of other people doing the same thing you are, and they will commiserate with you and root you on and challenge you more than you ever thought a community of relative strangers could.
I love NaNoWriMo and I've "won" it (to win, you must complete at least 50,000 words by the end of the day on November 30) the past six years. This will be novel #7!
So, anybody with me? Feel free to add me as a writing buddy! I promise to cheer you on!!