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NaNoWriMo

Posted on: 27 October, 08

One year, I will actually do this.  I would be more likely to participate if it were held in the summer when I have more free time.  This particular November is looking especially busy. 

NaNoWriMo fits so well with my philosophy of writing.  You need to just get a lot stuff on paper.  Editing comes later.  Some people, especially young writers, feel once it is on paper, it cannot be changed… so it had better be perfect the first time.  That’s a lot of pressure!  I tell students to just write.  Don’t worry about spelling, punctuation, or even grammar at first.  Get lots of words on the paper. Yes, there will be some junk, but there will be some really good stuff too.  Getting started can be the hardest part.

The goal of NaNoWriMo is to write 50,000 words during the month of November. There is a modified version available for kids.  I love this quote from the website:

Make no mistake: you will be writing a lot of strange stuff, and some of it will be just plain bad. But that’s a good thing! For 30 days, you get to lock that inner editor in the basement, let your imagination take over, and just create! 

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