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Write 50,000 Words in November

Encyclopedias by morgueHave you been planning to write a book? Accept the writing challenge to get that book written next month. Fellow bloggers Zia, Patti, and Donna from highdesertblogging.com and I set blogging and writing goals today. How? By writing down the goals.

Zia and I started the morning at Starbucks to discuss our plans for next month’s WNFIN and NaNoWriMo. Zia is organized. She has already written a mind map and a Table of Contents for her November-planned book of 50,000 words. I have begun mind mapping my ideas for next month’s nonfiction challenge, however. November 1st at 12:01 a.m. will be the official starting time to begin the actual writing. Only planning is allowed before then.

What is the difference between WNFIN and NaNoWriMo? WNFIN is nonfiction. NaNoWriMo is fiction. Both projects promote writing a 50,000-word novel or work of nonfiction in 30 days. Type it and submit it by the deadline, November 30th.

Scheduled after this morning’s meeting with Zia was my book signing. Alyssa Penman from RelyLocal interviewed me for Phantom Seven. The interview was followed by a blogging workshop about setting up a blog and utilizing social media.

Blogging workshops motivate bloggers to accomplish their goals. Again, that happens by writing down the goals.

Recently, I heard a writer speak to a writers group. She actually discouraged the writers from blogging. I was cringing, silently screaming, No. I think that speaker has never met blogger and writer Nina Amir, a pro at writing and speaking about blogging goals and making them happen. That’s why Nina Amir is successful at blogging and makes money with blogging.

Why the mention of Nina? She started WNFIN in October 2007 because she wondered what nonfiction writers were supposed to be writing about in November. If you decide to write a nonfiction work, submit it to WNFIN.

Prefer to write fiction? Join the thousands of participants who will choose to write a novel on the NaNoWriMo website (which began in 1999).

Now prepare for your own November writing goal. Remember, write it down. Schedule it on your smartphone or tablets. Or, use the old-fashioned way – grab a pen and some paper and start writing.

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