Happy Author’s Day!
This Week In Writing, we kick off NaNoWriMo by celebrating all the author’s out there, whether published or not.
Today is the launch of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), and it also happens to be National Author’s Day! That means today I’m celebrating you, whether you’re a published author or not.
One thing I often hear from writers is that they don’t consider themselves a writer until they’ve published something. I’m here to say I consider you a writer the minute you start putting words on the page. In fact, it’s the first chapter of my book: you are a writer!
If you’re taking on the traditional NaNoWriMo challenge or creating one of your own, you are a writer, and today I’m celebrating you! If you’re looking for an accountability group of other writers to talk with, check out our free Discord server.
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This Week’s Featured Links
What NaNoWriMo Is and What It Isn’t by JazzFeathers
The first NaNoWriMo was a private event where 21 friends from the San Francisco Area agreed to devote the month of July 1999 to write a new novel of at least 50.000 words. Chris Baty, the mastermind of the event, found it such an educational experience that he decided to transfer it online and invite as many people as possible.
Why You Should Do NaNoWriMo This Year by Charlotte R Dixon
All you have to do to “win” is write a novel of 50,000 words and for your effort, you can get a badge to put on your website. (By the way, by my calculations, to write 50,000 words in November you need to average 1,666 words a day. Child’s play.)
How To Win NaNoWriMo: Be A Rebel by Justin Cox
Have you ever sat down at the keyboard attempting to write before an idea was fully baked? When I’ve attempted NaNoWriMo in the past, that was more or less the plan. Go full-on pants-er, typing whatever immediately popped into my brain without spending any time pausing to think.
Welcome to Substack, Justin – and happy author day to you sir!
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