National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) starts next week, as writers around the world try to write 50,000 words in a single month. On the Morning Media Menu, we spoke with journalist and author Nora Zelevansky about how the writing marathon changed her career.

Zelevansky talked about how NaNoWriMo helped her focus on her debut novel, Semi-Charmed Life. She also shared advice for writers taking the writing challenge this November.

She explained: “It’s something that feels good every day, like an exercise routine. You work for whatever the allotted amount of time is for you and you feel like you’ve accomplished something. For me, it’s not unlike morning pages (if you’ve ever done The Artist’s Way), a chance to clear your head and take yourself outside your everday life and immediate world, and immerse yourself in a fictional world. It’s super freeing.”

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