November is National Novel Writing Month!


November is National Novel Writing Month

From November 1-30, NaNoWriMo challenges writers and would-be writers to write a 50,000-word novel in one month.  While the organizers of this event (going on 13 years now) clearly state that quantity is far more important that quality, the main purpose of National Novel Writing Month is to help demonstrate how easily the pages can add up if you simply commit to writing every day.

If you want to sign up for the contest (and last year more than 300,000 people did), please click here.

But I would like to challenge all writers and readers of The Lyon Review to use this month to develop your own writing project–whether that means committing to writing one page a day of anything you are interested in–poetry, stories, plays, a novel, even a journal entry.  I’ve made my own commitment to focus less on trying to get the prose “right,” and indeed simply get Chapter Four of my latest novel down on the page and worry about revision later.

Sometimes speaking your promise aloud or telling someone else about it as it helps keep you  on track. It also gives you “permission” to do something just for yourself without worrying about how it will impact the other people in your life for a change.

If you want to join us in this journey, use the form below and “vote” on how you plan to make the most of your November.  If you don’t want to write each day, perhaps pledge to read a certain number of books within 30 days, or paint a picture a day, or do yoga.  Just pick something you love that always wished you had “time” to do every day.  Then do it.

And you don’t even have to wait until November to start!