NaNoWriMo 2010 is Almost Here

It’s almost November, which means this year’s National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is almost upon us. Participants have 30 days to write 50,000 words. Sound like fun?

Seeing as many of you are bloggers, it’s not too great a leap to assume that some of you might be interested in trying your hand at fiction. What better motivation than a deadline and Internet Fame and Glory™?

Have an idea for a novel? Register at and try to clear your November calendar of time-consuming distractions. If you set aside some time each day to write at least 1666 words, and don’t slack off during your writing time, the project shouldn’t keep you from doing other things.

I’m probably going to give NaNoWriMo a try this year, finally. What about you?

  • John Anthony Mayzel Sr.


    I wrote a nanowrimo novel in the first person two years ago and crossed the finish line with a few words to spare.
    To my amazement, I recently revisited the revised version of my nanowrimo novel only to discover that I enjoyed writing and reading it more than the novel I have been working on for years!
    Why is writing in the third person omniscient so much more difficult than writing in the first person? Any ideas?

    • Matt

      I don’t know, I think it depends on the story and the author. I tend to prefer third person, but first person makes comedy so much easier. Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files series is a prime example. It just wouldn’t be half as funny if it were in third person, as there would be less opportunities to show the character’s thought process.

      I like writing in third person because it makes it easier to transition between multiple characters, allowing you to show what’s going on in the world better. I guess it just fits the fantasy genre better?