Advancing Your Writing: National Novel Writing Month

There has been a National Novel Writing Month (aka NaNoWriMo) event held every November since 1999. The goal? Write 50,000 words in November (about 1,667 words a day). A number of genealogists are rebels and use the opportunity to focus on non-fiction writing, such as articles, biographical sketches, and case studies.

The NaNoWriMo site and tools are free. Create a user name and announce a project. Use your own word processing software to write, and track daily word count and progress on the NaNoWriMo site. Buddy with other participants for added motivation. The site posts writing tips and encouragement on Writer’s Resources pages, and has regional writing communities. Some libraries host NaNoWriMo events.

If you have ever wanted to write a novel, or if you need a kick in the pants to get started on that non-fiction genealogy writing project that has been nagging at you, check out the NaNoWriMo website to learn more or to sign up.

The writing begins as soon as the clock rolls around to November 1st. Whether you are a planner or a pantser, I wish you success!

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