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Are You Writing a Novel in November? I am!

Whether you’re a successful author about to miss your next book deadline, an aspiring author who’s been “meaning” to write a novel for years, or a non-writer who wants to do something crazy, have I got the month for you: November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)! I’m encouraging all of my friends and colleagues to join me and write a novel between November 1st and November 30th.

This dog is writing his novel in November. Are you?Can I Really Write a Novel in 30 Days?
Yes. Really. That’s all it takes—just ask Stephen King. Before I founded Red Room, I was a writing coach (named San Francisco magazine’s “Best Writing Coach” in 2005) and realized that most people type about 1000 words an hour and can write a first draft of a short novel of about 50,000 words in about fifty hours.

But How Do I Win?
All it takes to “win” NaNoWriMo is for you to write a novel. Another way to win: We’ve added our own contest. Red Room will randomly select one NaNoWriMo winner of a one-hour coaching call with me after I personally review his or her manuscript for a few hours. I used to charge $2,000 for this, but it’s actually “priceless” since I don’t coach writers anymore. Now I only do it for good causes, like getting you to do some writing in November.

I Love Winning! How Do I Enter?
It’s easy to participate—just write a novel in November and blog about it on redroom.com. I look forward to finding out who’s joining me!

Red Room Author Dr. Maya Angelou said, “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” Stop the agony (if you have it), or just do it because you don’t believe it’s possible (it is). I look forward to reading my new novel, and yours!

Ivory Madison, redroom.com founder and CEO

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Great contest

I'd encourage anyone reading this to give it a try - I did last year, and the novel I wrote won a prize and is now being published! Of course, I needed to do a bit of work on it after November. But to get the basic story written in a month is a wonderful thing. I can't do it this year - simply won't be able to devote the time to it this time, and in any case I'm in quite a good writing routine right now. But I'll probably return to it again in the future, especially if I'm running short on inspiration and need a challenge to kick-start me!

By the way, would also point out to people that despite the name, it's not just for the US. I'm based in London, and people from all over the world take part. I suppose International Novel Writing Month would be harder to shorten to something as catchy as NaNoWriMo though...

Good luck with your novel, Ivory. Look forward to updates on your progress - if you have time to post them :-) Love the site, by the way. I'm new here, and really like what I see so far.

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Nano

I am on my 5th or 6th year with Nano- and every year I get closer to finishing an actual ending in November. Most times I end up finishing in Dec or Jan.

Best fun around- so mush so that I have recruited my Mom and a few neighbours!*s*

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Dear FriendsI am a writer

Dear Friends

I am a writer from Bangladesh.My language is Bangla. My current novel is on Bpd( Borderline Personality Disorder). Title of the novel is Walking On Eggshells. So, how can I participate in the contest.Your language is English. I know if my novel is tramslated I shall get the 1st prize. My limitation and barrier is my language.

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InNoWriMo?

Ershad, I really like the take NaNoWriMo has on this as stated on its FAQ page:

"You bet! We are very proud to be an international event, and don't consider the 'National' in the title to refer to the United States. This is an event for all nations. We'd change the name to 'International Novel Writing Month,' but InNoWriMo doesn't roll off the tongue in quite the same way.

"You can write novels in any language you like. Our validator doesn't handle non-Latin characters sets, sadly, so there may be an issue with becoming an official winner. But this is just icing on the NaNoWriMo cake, and we encourage you to write in whatever language is most comfortable for you."

I hope you'll enter Red Room's contest, too, and would ask that when you blog about it, do it in English. Thanks!

Huntington Sharp, Editor, Red Room

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NaNo is Amazing!

This is a great idea! I did NaNo for the first time last year and I am doing it again this year.

I didn't finish last year because life got in the way,but this year I am promising myself 50k by November 29th at least.

I encourage others to go for this too! It truly is a great way to jumpstart your writing, and have a blast doing it.

H.R. Norrod

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NaNoWriMo

I completed the course last year, but only wrote half the story. It was satisfying to receive a winner's certificate, even if I had to print it out myself, and a winner's logo to use for one year. Recently Chris Baty sent an e-mail to all 2007 winners telling us about an offer from CreateSpace - a free proof paperback copy of our novel. I wonder if this is going to be an annual offer from one self-publishing house or another. I've used Xlibris and been satisfied with them.

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3rd Time's a Charm??

I've participated in NaNoWriMo twice before, and never made it to the 50,000 words. I was looking to make this the year I change that, and I was planning on blogging about it....and now that there's a PRIZE involved.... :)

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NaNoWriMo Yes!

Yes, I am participating in NaNoWriMo this year.  I've done it the past two years, and I did manage to reach 50K last year, just barely. 

 This year I have many more responsibilities this November, and may not be able to dedicate the required time, but I am definitely going to give it the 'old college try.' 

 But I would recommend it to everyone!  It is a wonderful thing, and the gestalt that goes on at the group write-ins is wonderful.  Try it!

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I'm in for my second try

I'm in for my second try (like someone wrote earlier, life- and myself- got in the way last year).  Looking forward to it, and it will be my first major writing project will being on Red Room.

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Nanowrimo ... Indeed

Yep.  Every year since 2003.  The excitement is really mounting now.  This week my Q&A feature is up on the main site at http://www.nanowrimo.org - by this time next week, words will be flying!

 David

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Looking forward to getting

Looking forward to getting the juices going again. Come on November!

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how exciting

I am looking forward ot writing this year. Like many have expressed life got in the way last year. The previous year I did get a good start fleshed out at 30K but have yet to complete it.

 Red Room looks fantastic and I am looking forward to exploring it more.

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but how

thank you for your offer. but i am bangladeshi writer. my way of writing is bengali . so how i can join with you? but i know my writing skill is not bad.

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InNoWriMo

As I told Ershad above, I really like the take NaNoWriMo has on this as stated on its FAQ page:

"You bet! We are very proud to be an international event, and don't consider the 'National' in the title to refer to the United States. This is an event for all nations. We'd change the name to 'International Novel Writing Month,' but InNoWriMo doesn't roll off the tongue in quite the same way.

"You can write novels in any language you like. Our validator doesn't handle non-Latin characters sets, sadly, so there may be an issue with becoming an official winner. But this is just icing on the NaNoWriMo cake, and we encourage you to write in whatever language is most comfortable for you."

I hope you'll enter Red Room's contest, too, and would ask that when you blog about it, do it in English. Thanks!

Huntington Sharp, Editor, Red Room

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New and Different

Well, I'm trying out NaNoWriMo for the first time ever after a relative dry spell of writing for several months. I've been slipping into it slowly for the past several weeks, but I've got some bigger ideas swimming around in my head now.

Thanks for tip!

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Oh what fun!

Wrote my first novel last November. I am looking forward to NaNoMo.

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I am in!

This will be my fourth year of NaNo!  I won my first year and that became one of my romance novels!

I'd love to have some Red Room writer Buddies. If anyone wants to buddy up with me this year I am at NaNoWriMo under the name "Forest Elf"

 Let the fun begin!

By the way, it would be nice to have a Red Room forum on the NaNo site ... or is there one there already?

 

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Buddies

I have added you as a buddy... my name on NaNoWriMo is Kakiemon_Tiger  

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NaNo

I'm going use NaNo to work on my second book. I seem to be having a hard time to keeping my focus on it. Nano is just what I need!

Emily

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What fun!

There's been such a buzz amongst writer friends about doing NaNoWriMo that I had to sign up and join in. This will be my first year, so I don't quite know what I'm doing, but it sounds like a great deal of fun.

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I'm in, hope I  can really

I'm in, hope I  can really have the novel done by the end of november. I'll be  posting about.

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New novel

I intend to enter my new novel For Sam in the NaNoWriMo contest. Actually it's in its closing stages now, and I've just printed out the first hard copy. Red Room is a fascinatingly complex site, and I'm still learning how to use it. The Internet at its best!

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I'm In!

I signed up for Namo in September - hoping it provides the last 50,000 words I need to complete this "urban fiction" novel. Best of luck to you all! I know I'll need it!

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Pumped for NaNoWriMo

I'm so excited to get started tomorrow (11/1) I can hardly contain myself!  Good thing we have Halloween to distract me this evening or I might start pecking early. ;)

 

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Done!

Okay, I did it.  I signed up this morning, not without misgivings.   I even sent my brother an e-mail to see if he wants to join.  It's hard getting on the site when you wait till the last minute:-)  

  

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I'm in - though with a nonfiction narrative.

Thanks so much for inviting us all in. With the support and push, I hope to make it happen in time for my second deadline!

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First installment

Woke up in the middle of a night with a fever. Could not go back to sleep. Wrote. Got my first 1900+ words in.

 Hope the juices keep flowing. 

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First NaNo day went well!

I was doing some last minute planning on Friday night--so I figured, why not stay up a little later, so I could start to write just after midnight?  So I wrote 700 words between 12 and 1 a.m. and then another 1000 today.  Over my quota for Day 1!   We'll see if I can keep this up.  But I think it just might work! 

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Winning All Around

Dear Ivory,

 What a wonderful offer. I would love the chance to win some of your time and insight. I have been blogging about NaNoWriMo and just posted on writing Day One. I did it last year and loved it. I am also teaching an online edit-your-novel class from mid-Jan. through February. (http://www.elizabethstark.com/courses) Perhaps a runner-up to your offer can win a place in my class . . .

 Thanks for all the good work you do. I am 1946 words into my next novel!

Elizabeth

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Trying it again

I wrote a book during NaNoWriMo a few years back - it's currently sitting in a cupboard in my kitchen.  I printed it out (it's a long story, but it was the only way I could save it) and sometimes think about going back to it.  My dream is to write, which is why I'm here to do it again.  I got the email from RedRoom a few days back, and didn't really give it much thought.  It's going to be tough - I'm incredibly busy at work right now, but if I don't do it now, when am I going to do it??  

Plus, as I was laying in bed this morning I was hit by inspiration and came up with what I want to write.

Good luck to everyone!  This is a really great way to jumpstart your writing.  Stick with it! 

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