NaNoWriMo – I swear, this means something!

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Did you know that November is NAtional NOvel WRIting MOnth? Or, to keep it simple, NaNoWriMo. I didn’t know until a few weeks ago when Mike brought it to my attention. He decided to give it a try this year, and talking about it with him, I thought maybe this is what need to get some motivation. So, I suppose I’ll announce that I’m officially taking on the NaNoWriMo challenge of writing a 50,000 word novel in the month of November.


What exactly is NaNoWriMo? In it’s most simplistic form, it’s a challenge to authors to write 50,000 words in the month of November. I think that’s about 1,667 words a day. For those of you that know me, you know this will be difficult. I haven’t written a full novel since I was a teenager (and that’s utter garbage) and my current writing is limited to blogs and such on That’s Entertainment. I have a few things started, but I usually set them to the side for whatever reason; so although the goal is 50,000 words, my personal goal is to complete a project. I’ll probably end up, with Mike’s permission, posting about this project on Tellest, since it is a related project; but for those of you that primary follow our work here, I’ll be sure to have an update or two throughout the month.

That’s not all though… I’m challenging all of you to participate in this. The only commitment is that you try and write… daily. We live in a world now where self-publishing exists, where the world is interconnected through 0s and 1s, and it’s never been easier to have your voice heard. I’m a believer in the fact that every one of us is a storyteller; it’s in our DNA. I’m positive you have a story to tell and you should take that chance. Don’t go into it with the expectations of being the next Stephen King or Dan Brown, but go into it with the expectation of telling YOUR story that no one else has the ability to tell. Even if you don’t do anything with it, do it. The sense of accomplishment will certainly make you want to do more.

And if your a kid / young adult… I beg you try this. We’re living in a world of the unoriginal. Where reboots and retellings are all the rage; and there isn’t anything wrong with that. But YOU, the future novelists and storytellers, can be the ones who tell truly original, amazing stories. Use November to be you jumping off point. Share it with the NaNoWriMo community to get advice and ideas. Share it with your friends and family, let them see a side of you they didn’t know about. These people won’t tear you down, but help build you up and encourage you.

Kevin M. Gallagher, Jr
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