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If you find it hard to grow a thick moustache* there’s always something else you can do in November. Take part in NaNoWriMo…

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Yes, I’m gearing up for NaNoWriMo – or, in full, National Novel Writing Month. This annual event, now in its 13th year, is a 30-day-long writing challenge where wannabe authors attempt to write a novel of at least 50,000 words. Yes, 50,000!

I hear it takes dedication, sweat, tears and probably quite a bit of alcohol but I’m guessing that there’ll be a huge amount of satisfaction and hopefully a few half-decent first drafts at the end of it.

What started in 1999 with 21 participants and six winners (anyone who completes 50,000 is a winner) has escalated into a whopping 256, 618 participants and 36, 843 winners last year. Meeting up in cafes, libraries and pubs participants can sit in groups and work through stories together or wherever suits you. I first heard about it from @Keris who reckoned she wrote some of her words whilst watching the TV.

All you need to do to take part is sign up on the NaNoWriMo site and select your location. You can then find out about events taking place near your home and chat to other nutters budding authors. The site also allows you to read and post snippets of work and keep that all-important word count, which, if it reaches 50,000 by the 30th November will lead to you (subject to verification) being branded ‘a winner’, getting a certificate and web badge. Woo hoo.

So, do you think you’ve got a novel in you? Who’s joining me in NaNoWriMo? Go on, you know you want to.

*During November each year, Movember is responsible for the sprouting of moustaches on thousands of men’s faces in the UK and around the world. The aim of which is to raise vital funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer and testicular cancer.

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