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Calling all Budding Writers!

By on November 7, 2013 in Books & Pads

Budding Novelists

Calling all budding writers! Can you write a novel in a month?

It might sound impossible, but the first draft of historical novel Water for Elephants – now a film on general release- was written by Sara Gruen in just 30 days.

Gruen wrote the book as part of National Novel Writing Month- and this year half a million aspiring novelists will attempt to follow in her footsteps!

The aim of the event is for entrants from all over the world to write 50,000 words of a novel during the 30 days of November 2013. The deadline is 11.59.59 on November 30!

You can choose any genre for your literary project; horror, romance, fantasy … erotica! Whatever inspires you to tell a story.

To help you get started, remember Ernest Hemingway’s writing tips:

  • • Use short sentences
  • • Use short paragraphs
  • • Use forceful, emphatic English
  • • Be positive, not negative in the words you choose

Hemingway once told fellow novelist F Scott Fitzgerald: “I write one page of masterpiece to ninety-one pages of ****. I try to put the **** in the wastebasket.”

To sign up for the challenge, visit the National Novel Writing Month website.


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