National Novel Writing Month

Although it may be a little late to mention, November is National Novel Writing Month or NaNoWriMo as it is sometimes called. Quoting from the official NaNoWriMo Web page: “National Novel Writing Month believes in the transformational power of creativity. We provide the structure, community, and encouragement to help people find their voices, achieve creative goals, and build new worlds—on and off the page.” The idea is, people begin writing a story on the first of the month, and by the end, they have a 50,000-word novel. The site offers what they call “prep,” which are articles about writing, essays by authors, prompts, and links to a local community of writers participating in the event. Writers are encouraged to announce their intention publically and get involved in a group, both of which help to keep one writing.

The sponsors suggest two books to get you started: No Plot, No Problem by Chris Baty, and Ready, Set, Novel by Chris Baty, Lindsey Grant, and Tavia Stewart-Streit, which is a workbook for aspiring writers.

So if this has sparked your creativity, or given the push you need to get a novel or other writing started, may I suggest you start today and aim to finish a month from now. Exercise that creativity and get writing!

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Quotes about writing

Advice? I don’t have advice. Stop aspiring and start writing.–Alan Wilson

All sorrows can be borne if you put them into a story or tell a story about them.–Isak Dinesen

At its best, the sensation of writing is that of any unmerited grace. It is handed to you, but only if you look for it. You search, you break your heart, your back, your brain, and then–and only then–it is handed to you.–Annie Dillard

At its heartmeat core, writing is about exploring the questions of your heart on the assumption that what intrigues you, what inflames or amuses or ennobles you, will have the same effect on someone else. It’s about taking chances, and taking risks, and pushing yourself to be honest in the issues that present themselves.–J. Michael Straczynski

Find out what your hero or heroine wants, and when he or she wakes up in the morning, just follow him or her all day.–Ray Bradbury

For a long time now I have tried simply to write the best I can. Sometimes I have good luck and write better than I can.–Ernest Hemingway

A good novel tells us the truth about its hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author.–G. K. Chesterton

The good writer, the great writer, has what I have called the three S’s: the power to see, to sense, and to say. That is, he is perceptive, he is feeling, and he has the power to express in language what he observes and reacts to.–Lawrence Clark Powell

Hard writing makes easy reading.–Wallace Stegner

I was gravely warned by some of my female acquaintances that no woman could expect to be regarded as a lady after she had written a book.–Lydia M. Child

If you do not breathe through writing, if you do not cry out in writing, or sing in writing, then don’t write, because our culture has no use for it.–Anais Nin

The only difference between a writer and someone who wants to be a writer is discipline.–Ayelet Waldman

The secret of good writing is telling the truth.–Gordon Lish

There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.–William Somerset Maugham

Writing is easy. All you do is stare at a blank sheet of paper until drops of blood form on your forehead.–Gene Fowler

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