Last year, seven of our intrepid young writers attempted the ultimate literary challenge: writing a novel in thirty days from November 1-30. Four of them succeeded. The other three (including myself) are winners anyway for having attempted it. Between us, we wrote over one hundred thousand words during the month of November.
This is the thirty-day period of creative mayhem known as National Novel Writing Month. You may have heard of it already – last year, nearly 350 000 people around the world participated.
Mostly Books will be facilitating NaNoWriMo’s Young Writers Program again this year. (As far as I know, we are the only people running the program in South Australia.) If you’re eighteen or under, you’re invited to join our team, set your own word count goal and be guided through thirty days of spontaneous writing.
More information is available at http://nanowrimo.org. The idea is to go into November with no idea what you’re doing, and let your imagination run completely wild. Quantity over quality is the rule. No self-editing is allowed until after the end of the month.
Once you’ve signed up on the website, you’ll receive email pep talks from professional authors, and be able to update your word count metre for all your friends to see. We’ll also have a word-count metre poster up in the shop, to be filled up with stickers as the month rolls on. It’ll look like the one on the right.
Email Samuel to register your interest and join our online classroom.