November is right around the corner, which just happens to be National Novel Writing Month (“NaNoWriMo” for short). The goal for participants is to write a 50,000 word novel by 11:59 pm on November 30th. That may sound overwhelming, but there is tons of support available for writers interested in joining this mission. The website nanowrimo.org allows you to sign up for a free account to get pep talks, track your progress, and meet with fellow writers online to support one another.
Not sure you have what it takes? You don’t have to be an adult to write novels. Christopher Paolini began writing the best-seller novel Eragon at the age of 15. Gordon Korman (author of 39 Clues) began writing at age 12, and by the time he graduated high school, he had 5 books published. Just because you’re not an adult doesn’t mean you don’t have a story to tell! And even if your story is hilariously bad, the main point of NaNoWriMo is to get creative, have fun, and accomplish the amazing feat of writing a novel by the end of the month.