Novel Writing Month is Here — AGAIN!

It’s November – and it’s National Novel Writing Month!   Again!

I’m joining the 300,000+ writers in writing my novel.  This is my third year participating in this venture. Besides having fun and writing 45,000 words last year,  I renewed my belief in: Everyone has a story to tell!   And developing stories need listeners.

NaNoWriMo prompts writers to write at least 50,000 words in one month toward completing a novel.  NaNoWriMo has organized regions throughout the country and encourages you to join Write-ins.  Write-ins are held at Starbucks, Libraries, Parks, Schools  — just about anywhere the regional rep can find.

It’s at the Write-ins that writers collaborate by listening to developing ideas and stories.

It’s always fun to meet the Newbies – those who have never attempted a novel, much less join a group of seeming pros!  Rapport is always key to welcoming the Newbies – once they hear a few stories, they feel at ease.  Guess what? They learn: these writers aren’t pros – just folks with a good story to tell.

What  writers share with the newcomers is Energy — Food is always important!  Eating and talking around the table break down the barriers and creates a convivial atmosphere.  Encouraging words, coffee refills, cranberry muffins – all the ingredients to give First-Timers courage.

Does every NaNoWriMo writer get to 50,000 words at the 30th day of  November?  No.  And that’s okay.  Some  writers simply wanted to write. Some need encouragement from others to work up backbone to finish.  Some like to compete in Word Wars  – as the  means to finish that novel.  Others just like the fun of it….even if it’s their 7th year and they are still trying to find their way.

NaNoWriMo sets up such a framework  that encourages and supports any willing writer.  They also work to  engage and encourage youngsters to write through  educational support and fundraising efforts.  This is a unique experience that any one can enjoy — and succeed.

Why not try it?  You can join at:


About mcgntr

About Ann I was lucky and grew up in the beautiful Berkshire Hills of Western Massachusetts surrounded by the arts, industry, literature, and family. I had a great education-- undergraduate work at Caldwell College and my masters at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where I began business life as Training Assistant. Returning east, I continued in the training profession, and ‘fell’ into Human Resources - first, Recruiting and Employment, Director of Human Resources and finally Senior Vice President, Human Resources and Training. I bowed out of the corporate world with the white collar layoffs in early ‘90s – and started a new venture McGill Enterprises: HelpQuick Human Resources Advisory & Training Services. I have enjoyed great opportunities - publishing 3 training books, mentoring HR professionals, creating a wide variety of training programs, writing scripts, and becoming an adjunct professor.
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