Have you been putting off writing or finishing that novel for a while now? Maybe you’ve got a head full of ideas but haven’t been able to commit the time to put them to paper. Or maybe you want to write a novel but you just don’t know what to write. All of these are legitimate reasons for participating in National Novel Writing Month, also known as NaNoWriMo!

In case you’re not familiar with NaNoWriMo, it’s a month long novel writing frenzy. The goal: write 50,000 words in a month. It starts on November 1st and runs to November 30th. Thirty full days of novel writing goodness, which comes out to about 1667 words per day. And when you think about it, that’s not a lot of words! Most people can write that amount of words in about an hour if you really sit down and focus on it. Yep, turn off that cell phone, get off Facebook and twitter, and just WRITE!

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The other fun part about NaNoWriMo is the social aspect of it. Because instead of writing your novel alone, you’ll be writing alongside hundreds of thousands of other people, who are all focused on creating their novels too! It’s a worldwide event, with people in every city and country writing as much as they can. Most cities have things called write-ins, where you can go and meet up with other people in a coffee shop or cafe and just write as much as you can. They also have “word wars.” This is where you set an amount of time, say ten minutes, and everyone tries to write as much as possible in that amount of time. It’s a lot of fun and a great way to meet other people with similar interests as you while also writing a novel. It feels a lot less lonely than sitting alone in a dark corner, pecking away at your keyboard.

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So, how does this relate to the IGGPPC? Well, last year we had a lot of Iggles participate in NaNoWriMo and this year we have a decent sized group participating too! (#IggleWriMo) We will be in the newly created Writing subforum, working on our novels, possibly having some virtual write-ins, word wars, and word sprints (another version of writing as much as you can in a certain amount of time), and we will also be providing encouragement and cheering each other along. So if you want to join us, check out NaNoWriMo and say hi in the Writing forum! If you have any questions about NaNoWriMo, feel free to post them in the forum or tweet me @toastytreat. I am a Municipal Liaison for the Houston area this year (a fancy word for a volunteer event coordinator), and I am a five time NaNo winning veteran, so I have lots of advice to give and can generally answer any questions you may have.

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Also, if you’re planning on participating in NaNoWriMo (YAY YOU’RE AWESOME!), consider using this truly amazing IGGPPC NaNoWriMo desktop that Noxy made! (Click to download the full sized version.)

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