November is National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, the world’s largest writing event. There are no judges and no prizes but participant’s efforts turn the usually solitary act of writing into a community experience. Participants pledge to write 50,000 words in a month, starting from scratch and reaching “The End” by November 30th.
Although the event emphasizes creativity and perseverance over creating a literary masterpiece, more than 90 novelists who have participated in NaNoWriMo have since become published authors. The list includes recent best selling authors Sara Gruen (Water for Elephants and Ape House), Erin Morgenstern (The Night Circus), and Marissa Meyer (Cinder).
So how can you participate? Go to http://nanowrimo.org/ to register and for more information. Peoria NaNoWriMo participants can also find local events and community members at http://nanowrimo.org/en/regions/usa-illinois-peoria. NaNoWriMo is a great time to start that novel you've always meant to write!