Thursday, February 5, 2009

WITS Novel Writing Month

At midnight tonight, the train departs. Fifty thousand words. Thirty days. An unforgettable ride.

WITS member Tess McCarthy has set us a challenge; write 50,000 words in one month. This challenge is based on the book No Plot? No Problem!: A low stress, high velocity guide to writing a novel in 30 days by Chris Baty. Here are the basic guidelines:
  • Do your research in March, but DO NOT begin writing
  • Start your engines on April 1st and keep writing until midnight April 30th
  • It's a first draft, so remember, it's likely to be crap
  • Absolutely no editing!
  • 1st person or 3rd person point of view; no 2nd person
  • Tell your loved ones what you are doing because you will likely need all the support and understanding you can get
  • Don't read out loud to anyone or let anyone read your novel until it's all over
  • Meet with your WITS NoWriMo support crew once a week (outside of normal WITS meeting times) for intensive writing sessions
  • Celebrate once it's all over and receive your certificate of completion
If you want to participate or would like more information, send us an email at

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