Writers are lucky creatures. We keep entertainment at our fingertips. So, there is no excuse for complaining that you are bored this summer like all the other kids. Kick that rear in gear and grab a notebook or a laptop and get busy throwing some words down. Here are a few sites to help you get moving and fight that summer boredom:
- What: Writing one 50,000-word novel from scratch in a month’s time.
- Who: You! We can’t do this unless we have some other people trying it as well. Let’s write laughably awful yet lengthy prose together.
- Why: The reasons are endless! To actively participate in one of our era’s most enchanting art forms! To write without having to obsess over quality. To be able to make obscure references to passages from our novels at parties. To be able to mock real novelists who dawdle on and on, taking far longer than 30 days to produce their work.
- When: You can sign up anytime to add your name to the roster. Writing begins 12:00:01 AM on June 1, and again on August 1. To be added to the official list of winners, you must reach the 50,000-word mark by 11:59:59 PM on the last day of the month. Once your novel has been verified by our web-based team of robotic word counters, the partying begins.
From JuNoWriMo’s about page:
JuNoWriMo is June Novel Writing Month, started by Becca J. Campbell and Anna Howard to have a slightly different take on a month long noveling adventure. For starters, you don’t have to write a novel (you can write creative non-fiction, so bring on the funny/meaningful memoirs or whatever), write a new novel (did you write 5 pages last month and you can’t get going? That’s okay, write the next 50,000 words with us!).
The dare machine is still running over at Nanowrimo’s Young Writer’s Program page. Why not hop on over and give it a whirl. It can help you power through the brick wall of Writer’s Block or at least provide a few laughs when you’re stuck in Writer’s Grump. Make a game of it with your writerly friends. Spin the machine and challenge each other to a dare. You can also bum around their forums and make a few new writer friends if you are starting to feel alone in your literary world.
And please don’t forget to come back here for lots of writing fun. I have more books, interviews with authors and writing exercises to get us all through the dog days of summer. See you soon!