Sunday, November 9, 2008

Writing a novel? You've got 22 days

Perhaps there lurks an unwritten epic in the hearts of everyone. Maybe you don't need to be a professional to write a novel.

This line of thinking may be delusional optimism, and Joe the Plumber might only succeed in churning out 50,000 words of trite garbage, but during National Novel Writing Month volume is more important than quality.

You may have seen Kat Selig of Southington cloistered away in the corner of a nearby coffee shop, fingers flying over the keyboard of her laptop.

The 26-year-old is a regional organizer for National Novel Writing Month, a free contest sponsored by the nonprofit Office of Letters and Light, which encourages everyone to take the plunge and actually try to write a novel of at least 50,000 words this month.

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