The halfway mark for National Novel Writing Month has just passed. If you’re participating, depending on where you are in the process, author Renee Watson — she’s written two picture books Harlem’s Little Blackbird and A Place Where Hurricanes Happen, a middle grade novel called What Momma Left Me, and has a YA novel called This Side of Home coming out on February 3, 2015 — has a few words of encouragement for you. Read her advice.
Better known as NaNoWriMo, the annual initiative challenges writers to pen a 50,000-word novel between yesterday and November 30, 2014 for the chance to win undisclosed goodies — and the satisfaction of getting it done. Here’s how it works: You announce your project to a community of authors doing the same thing then update them on your progress, ultimately posting the final product.
It’s free to enter, and you retain the copyright of your work as “none of the novels submitted to our site are read by another human. The text is submitted to our server, run through our word-count validator, and then immediately deleted.” Who’s in?