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November is soon upon us and with it comes that annual writing marathon known affectionately (and sometimes derisively) as NaNoWriMo ([Inter]National Novel Writing Month). During NaNoWriMo, participants must write 50,000 cohesive words in a single work in order to be called a winner. Of course, most novels are longer than 50,000 words, but this number is enough to get a good skeleton down in a first draft. Such notable authors as Sara Gruen and Erin Morgenstern are said to have written their bestsellers during NaNoWriMo.
NaNoWriMo gets a lot of ink in writer circles during the month. Whether or not you’re a believer or a detractor, there is a lot of energy for writers during November. We’d like to fuel the energy with a WritingWednesday discussion of NaNoWriMo strategies. To stir the energy, the WritingWednesday links listed below contain more than 100 resources for writers on everything from inspiration to writer’s block, from first lines to last lines, and from plotting to pantsing.