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"Everyone has a book inside of them - but it doesn't do any good until you pry it out." Jodi Picoult
With November being the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), now is the time to pry it out.
Here's the challenge. Write 50,000 words in one month – it can be done. (Although I only managed 30,000 last year, but half the fun is the participation.)
From murders and suspense, to sci fi and romance, who knows where your imagination will take you - or what the body count will be at the end.
It's free to sign up and it doesn't have to be perfect – you just need to write. All you have to do is upload your word count each day, and a chart monitors your progress. It also helpfully tells you how many words you need to do each day to reach the magic 50K.
Writing is a solitary occupation, but the online community helps you through the writer's block, gives ideas and keeps you motivated. Plus there are regular pep talks from well-known authors. Each area has a support group which organises events throughout the month so you can meet fellow NaNoWriMo'ers to spend the day wantonly writing.
Sponsored by Scrivener National Novel Writing Month is funded in large part by merchandise sales and donations made by participants.
Give it a go. NaNoWriMo may be you the impetus you need to get your book from the mind to the monitor. It is hard work, but you'll seriously have a great time, and whatever your word count, at least you've begun to 'pry your book out'.
So clear the desk and diary, flex those fingers and loosen up the shoulders, get a huge pot of coffee, let your imagination run riot, and get writing!