White County NaNo in Full Swing for 2011

The White County NaNo writing group is again at work, racing the clock to produce novels in thirty days. NaNo refers to National Novel Writing Month.

NaNoWriMo was founded by Chris Baty in July 1999. Twenty other people participated that year, all from the San Francisco Bay Area. In 2010, 200,000 writers took part from all over the world.

The purpose of NaNo is to write a novel of 50,000 words between November 1 and November 30. This is the equivalent of a book the length of Huxley’s Brave New World, or Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby.

As might be expected of a novel produced in such a brief time frame, many–if not most–of the book length manuscripts produced by NaNo participants are unreadable. However, one famous book that originated as a Nano exercise is Water for Elephants.

County members meet weekly from 6:30-9:30 at the White County Regional Library administration building, 113. E. Pleasure Street in Searcy.

Virtual members can participate via Facebook.

The group kicked off their annual writing marathon on November 1. The next two meetings scheduled at the library are for Friday, November 11 and Friday, November 18.

Members can participate in an online chat during Thanksgiving week.

This year’s NaNo event will conclude on Tuesday, November 29 with an end of the month party.

For more information, email Lisa Collins at whitecountynano@gmail.com

Maeve Maddox writes about English usage and public education at AmericanEnglishDoctor.com/. Her most recent publication is The Fabergé Flute, a cozy mystery novel set in 1980s London.

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