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NaNoWriMo 2022

Lauren Bell

National Novel Writing Month is here and already almost over! NaNoWriMo began in 1999, and serves to encourage writers to pen 50,000 words in 30 days. Several Supposed Crimes authors have participated in this community-centered event, including Geonn Cannon, C.E. Case, and Adrian J. Smith, to name a few. Many of our writers got their start with NaNoWriMo - even Supposed Crimes wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for the nonprofit! NaNoWriMo was the inspiration for this publishing company, which is now home to dozens of different authors and hundreds of unique books. 

NaNoWriMo doesn’t just encourage authors to open up their laptops—or pick up the pen, if you prefer the more traditional or old-fashioned method of writing. Through their work, the organization promotes writing fluency and education, according to their site. Authors can sign up to be a part of NaNoWriMo, and receive support, encouragement, and advice from the community. They even provide youth programs for kids and educators to encourage and improve writing. 

I don’t know about y’all, but November has been about three months for me. If you’re feeling the same way, maybe feeling a little exhausted from writing nonstop, I get that. But keep on pushing through! The goal of NaNoWriMo is to write 50,000 words this month, but the great thing is after those words are on the screen (or the paper), you can read and review and edit as much as you like! Getting words out is the first step to writing a novel, and once that’s done the hardest part is over. So don’t give up on yourself or your book. Maybe take a break, revisit an abandoned project, or go on a walk to look for inspiration. You’re doing great. And you’re not alone - the NaNoWriMo community is filled with hundreds of thousands of people who are doing the same thing you’re doing, and want to offer support and encouragement to all those who need it. So keep on writing!

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