November is National Novel Writing Month!

Hello Monarch Writers!

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I wanted to invite everyone to take advantage of what’s going on this November, all over the world, whether you’ve heard about it, or this is your first introduction, it’s National Novel Writing Month! This happens every November, go to for all the details, but basically, it is a challenge to silence your inner editor, put your butt in front of the keyboard, and churn out 50,000 words in the 30 days of November (an average of 1,667 words a day). You can signup on their site and keep track of your progress, as well as claim some great discounts for products like the writing program Scrivener (20% off for all participants, 50% off for 50k winners). I love the whole culture of NaNoWriMo, it’s a great inspirational group of people who are crazy for writing and it’s a great excuse to stop telling yourself you need to do more research before you can work on that chapter and should just write, at least for this month, and worry about going back to edit later.

I’ve contacted the regional liaison on the website, for the St. Louis area, and asked her to post our usual Saturday write-in sessions on their calendar. So we may have some WriMo folks showing up and filling out the table at the Hartford, and maybe we’ll pick up some members who continue on with us after the month is up. So, take up the challenge if you wish, or just watch the wild ones chugging coffee and doing ‘word sprints’ trying to write 50,000 words in a month. I personally like to take inspiration from their ‘pep talks’ and live stream videos, I’ve been following them for nine years now, I’ve won a couple of times. Got my discounted copy of Scrivener two years ago which I highly recommend as a writing program, it helps me organize everything going on with my novel project very well. And maybe I’ll hit 50,000 words this month, cause I’ve got a lot of outlined material I need to flesh out. So, I’ll give it a shot. How about you?


Good Hunting, Writers,


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