Are you one of the brave souls attempting to string together 50,000 words in one month to write a mini-novel during National Novel Writing Month or NaNoWriMo to those in the know?
It kicked off today and even if this is the first you’re hearing of it, Twitter is chock full of tips to guide you and keep you motivated. And it also offers some snappy opening lines to give your imagination a jumpstart.
What is National Novel Writing Month? It is “30 days of literary abandon” that takes place every November since 1999 when it was founded by some “over caffeinated yahoos,” including freelance writer Chris Baty.
There were 21 participants in 1999 and in 2011 it had grown to “256, 618 participants and 36, 843 winners.” How do you win? By uploading your 50k word “novel” (it doesn’t have to be a polished draft) before the November 30 midnight deadline!
Think you’re up for the challenge? It’s not too late to start. Here are some opening lines to get your juices flowing – and you can find more using the #NaNoWriMoOpeners hashtag:
And if you’re still struggling for inspiration, be sure to check out Galley Cat’s 60 NaNoWriMo Writing Tips In A Single Post - and they’ll have new tips every day!
Are you participating in the event this year? How’s it going so far? Share your first line (if you dare) in the comments.
(NaNoWriMo image from NaNoWriMo.org)
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