For whoever doesn’t know, the National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, is an annual writing event in which authors around the world try to complete a 50,000+ word novel in 30 days. The competition takes place in the month of November of each year, so you have one more day until it starts.
I think it’s a great tool because it teaches writers the power of writing routine. If you have to produce 50,000 words in 30 days, you better write an average of 1,666 words per day or you won’t finish. If you start and you can do it, what prevents you from writing one novel a month? See my point?
So, I suggest you jump on it! Even if in the first year you don’t finish, the exercise itself will give you a tremendous boost!
If you are at a point in your writing where you need to take a step back and relax for one day, the “Worst Storyline Ever” might just be the thing for you. Posted on the Writer Unboxed blog, a great resource for any writer, the contest is organized by Chuck Sambuchino.
So, if you want to have some fun, join in and try to write the worst storyline ever: “Worst Storyline Ever” Contest: Seeking Awful Plot Ideas.
The Writers of The Future Contest is a writing contest geared toward new writers of science fiction and fantasy.
Here is the info from their website:
NEW WRITERS! L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future Contest
Opportunity for new and amateur writers of new short stories or novelettes of science fiction or fantasy. No entry fee is required. Entrants retain all publication rights. All awards are adjudicated by professional writers only.
Prizes every three months: $1,000, $750, $500, Annual Grand Prize: $5,000 additional!
If you have not read the contest rules, please click here before submitting: Contest rules
So, wait no more and submit your story today.