Welcome back, Cobblers!
It is officially November 4, and as promised, I will announce what the theme of November is on Literary Cobblestones. Are you ready?
NaNoWriMo! Yay! Are you surprised? Well, probably not as the graphic above ^ states it as so, and our About page has also given it away since August. But I’m still very excited, and I hope you are too.
If you are not familiar with the term NaNoWriMo, it stands for National Novel Writing Month and you can learn all about the history of the month on their official site: NaNoWriMo Official Site. You can also register (free) to take part in the month-long write-fest from their site.
Even if you’re not a writer or if you’re a writer who can’t be bothered with the official celebration (aka me), there’s plenty for you to take away from the month. Here at Literary Cobblestones, we will be posting daily quotes from experienced writers on the subject of writing, accompanied by a collection of relevant links and all the best tweets attached to the hashtag. Check out NaNoWriMo’s official twitter and don’t forget to check out the #NaNoWriMo hashtag for support, inspiration and hilarity.
If you’re taking part in the challenge of NaNoWriMo, I wish you the best of luck! If you are not taking part in the challenge, be sure to stick around for some creative inspiration and hopefully some laughs.
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Are you writer? Check out Bustle’s article on how to explain NaNoWriMo to all the non-writers in your life, by Dina Gachman: “8 Ways to Explain NaNoWriMo To Your Non-Writer Friends.”
Even if you’re not a write-a-novel-one-month type of writer, this list may come in handy when trying to explain your career choice, especially to your parents (Hi, Mom!).
Non-writers can also appreciate this hilarious introduction: “It’s that time of year again, when #NaNoWriMo takes over your Twitter feed and writers all over the world embark on a physical, psychological, and emotional journey that will push them to the limit and take them to the edge (of sanity). It’s a literary American Ninja Warrior course that requires very little upper arm strength. You can have quads that look like string beans and still compete in NaNoWriMo, but you better have the mental fortitude of Ruth Bader Ginsberg or Hillary Clinton during the Benghazi hearing.” I laughed outloud when I read that. Beautiful.
Taking part in NaNoWriMo? Then you’ll need this step-by-step guide from Jennifer Blanchard at Huffington Post: “The Serious Novelist’s Guide to NaNoWriMo.”
Also, NaNoWriMo hosts virtual write-in’s on Wednesdays and Saturdays. You can live stream the event or watch the replay to fit it into your schedule. Here’s today’s replay: “NaNoWriMo’s Virtual Write-In: 11/04/15.”
Are you already annoyed by the prevalence of NaNoWriMo tweets filling up your newsfeed? Then Flavorwire’s Sarah Seltzer has your back: “This Year, NaNoWriMo Is Driving Me Nuts.”
That’s all you need to get going for NaNoWriMo, but it’s far from the end. We’ll be back tomorrow with inspiration from one of the greats. Read on, or write on, or both.