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NaNoWriMo Happening in Williamsville, NY this November

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In this post, the StoneGate Apartment Homes Blog is featuring National Novel Writing Month! National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, is a chance for aspiring writers to write their first novel. NaNoWriMo challenges writers to type out 50,000 words during the month of November. This means that writers are writing about 1,667 words per day. While this might seem like a lot of writing, if “write a novel” is on your bucket list, it’s not too late to start, this is your chance!

Tips for Participating in NaNoWriMo

—Participate in NaNoWriMo events. Things are always easier when you have a community supporting you. Participate in the community by getting on forums, going to local writing events, and by giving other writers encouragement and advice.

—Keep reading. While you’re in a rush to write, you might forget about reading. Reading can help inform how you write and how well you write. Read books or articles written by writers who inspire you, read works from writers you admire, and even read books that you don’t think have much literary merit. All of these books can help improve your writing for the better.

—Get enough sleep and remember to eat. Writing 1,667 words a day in one month can be draining, especially because you are doing all of that while still working and taking care of your daily needs. Writing a novel in one month is great, but make sure that you remember to get a good night’s sleep. You’ll write better when you’re well rested, as well.

Alternatives to NaNoWriMo

If you’re not much of a fiction writer, you can still celebrate writing in November by writing letters of thanks to the people in your life who have made a difference for you or by working on your memoirs. If you opt to work on your memoirs, take some time to write down some of the key happenings in your life to share with your posterity. Share meaningful experiences and be sure to say why they were important. Write about your life here in Williamsville, NY, including what it was like when you moved here and how things have changed. Perhaps make a list of your favorite things with explanations about how they came to be favorites.

For more inspiration, check out Writing Now’s list of 59 Memoir Ideas. Whether you write a rough draft or begin or work on your memoirs, we hope you take some time this month to write, and if you get a novel done, be sure to share the good news with us in the comments section on the StoneGate Apartment Homes Blog.