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National novel writing month looms during November

Are you up for the challenge?
Are you up for the writer's challenge
Posted at 1:47 PM, Oct 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-29 08:36:57-04

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — A Corpus Christi chapter of an international writing organization is issuing a challenge for the month of November.

The Texas chapter of National Novel Writing month says it's calling on people to gear up for its annual writing challenge in November. It says the goal is for everyone to write 50,000 words or more in one month.

National Novel Writing month liaison Bob James says writing at that volume is a personal challenge where everybody wins through participating because you are making progress in the work you want to do.

“Because the key ultimately is in telling the story and then rewriting to tell it well,” James said.

Some writers try to do the impossible and write 50,000 words in a day. For him, he has presented a more manageable task writers can do through the entire month.

“If you stick with the average, you will write 1,667 words a day," he said. "If you do that, you will end up with a little over 50,000 words,” said James.

Writer Christina Vourcos said she has done the challenge since 2012 and has a strategy that works for her.

"The years where I planned out a little bit more the month ahead, it really helped get the pages down,” she said.

So far in 2020, National Novel Writing Month region organizers say they’ve hosted virtual meetings to help writers. They say they are also posting messages of support and giving writing critiques.

But during November, the group says all focus goes to accomplish the 50,000 word or more challenge.

Organizers said they’ve seen stories written during national writing month that have been published traditionally or self published.

“It’s just an opportunity to connect with others in the writing community,” said Vourcos.

If you are interested in learning more about NaNoWriMo you can join here.