It’s that time of the year!

Happy rainy Wednesday everyone! We’ve got a cold front knocking on our door and it’s bringing plenty of wind and rain into our area. The leaves are changing and pumpkins and mums abound. Yup, it’s definitely Autumn!

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For writers, the other big sign of the season is National Novel Writing Month. If you’ve never heard of it, NaNoWriMo is “a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30. Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought fleetingly about writing a novel.” That’s it in a nutshell…a very large, ambitious, caffeine-infused one!

For those of you who may think that NaNoWriMo is no more than just a writing exercise on steroids, think again. Check out the article “14 Published Novels Written During NaNoWriMo” over at the website Mental Floss. And there weren’t just fourteen – others are revealed in the comments section.

So, who’s in? I’m sure many of you have already started outlines and character sketches, while others have jotted down only a few notes. If you’re even just thinking of doing NaNoWriMo, let us know in the comments and also tell us if you’ve mapped out a plan, are winging it, or somewhere in between.

Happy Creating!!!!


About Susan Mannix

Susan worked as a biomedical research editor for the Department of the Navy for fourteen years and has been a member of SCBWI since 2007. She writes young adult and middle grade novels. When she isn’t writing, she spends her time doing all things horses, including attending her teenaged daughters’ many competitions. Susan lives in Maryland on a small farm with her husband, two children, an adorable black lab, two cats, and three horses.
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6 Responses to It’s that time of the year!

  1. I’m signed up for NaNoWriMo this year and have done some prep work, but I still have a lot to do in the next two weeks. I got a great jump-start at the SCBWI Fall Creativity Kick-Off in Crofton last weekend–many thanks to Sarah Maynard and Lisa McShane for hosting!

    • Susan Mannix says:

      Hi Sarah! Good for you!! So glad you got such a good start at the kick-off (I second the kudos to Sarah and Lisa). I’m looking forward to hearing about your progress next month. Best of luck!

  2. Michele Miller says:

    I too am signed up for NaNoWriMo! I am lookiong foward to November 1 to get a start on my novel. This is the second year I will be participating and have my novel ready to start! While it isn’t all worked out yet I’m excited to see where my characters take me! Happy writing!

    • Susan Mannix says:

      Michele, I love your attitude of letting your characters take you on your writing journey! That’s a surefire way to have fun with your novel. Can’t wait to hear about how it all goes. Good luck!

  3. mayhewshannon says:

    I signed up too! I don’t know if I am prepared enough to do the whole 50k, but I love the idea of having some structure and a community to help me get this book out of my head! I have a rough plan and tons of notes, but am mostly winging it.

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