November is National Novel Writing Month

NaNoWriMo is almost here. As a writer this feels like the clouds have parted and now there is a reason to finally get down to the one thing that’s been haunting me since I began making New Year’s resolutions. It’s the kick in the butt that I need to get writing. No more excuses. I tell myself that if thousands of other writers can do it, so can I.

For those who are unfamiliar to NaNoWriMo, let me explain. NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month. You probably know where I’m going next. This is an annual (November) novel writing project that brings together professional and amateur writers from all over the world. The goal is to write an entire novel in one month.

Motivation is key. For over a month, I’ve been reading the book that resulted from this whole cult phenomenon, and loving the inspiration. No Plot? No Problem! by Chris Baty, founder of NaNoWriMo. If you want some serious motivation, you need to pick up this book. I’ll be sharing tidbits from this book in the month of November.

As the light bulb went on in my head, another idea occurred to me. Why don’t I devote an entire whole month to not just writing but also inspiring others? After all, Think Blink is about sparking creative inspirations.

So join Think Blink for the month of November for inspirations and insights for writers everywhere. My aim is to post as much as possible, but forgive me if there are a few days I draw a blank. After all, I’m also attempting to write my novel and earn a living.

ThinkBLink by Shilpa Raikar.

NO Plot! No Problem! is published by Chronicle Books, and distributed in Canada by Raincoast Books.


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