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Have you ever wanted to write a book? Many people have… I hear it from someone every week. The main reason they cite for not doing it is that they wouldn’t know where to start. I have written fifty-two novels and a hundred and twenty-five short manuals, but I still remember vividly how scared I was writing the first one. It took me seven years and I kept putting it off, because I had no confidence in it or myself. Now let me introduce you to NANOWRIMO and NANOWRIMO 2018 in particular.

Written correctly, it is NaNoWriMo 2018 and stands for National November Writing Month. The ‘national bit lasted a year, then it went global. I joined NaNoWriMo in 2013 and have participated every year since, so this year will be my sixth.

As it happens, 2018 is the one year when I really don’t have time to get involved, but I feel that it would be such a shame not to join in and I enjoy it a lot anyway.

However, the point of NaNoWriMo is to help beginners to gain the conference to write. So, to me, that especially means their first book, but many people only write one book a year, so NaNo is a big thing to them. And I have written many books, but it still is to me too.

NaNoWriMo offers so much support to writers. It is a fantastic feeling writing in a group. I say ‘a group’, but I have never met any of the people I have written with. We write together connected by Skype. However, the world is divided into sections for the NaNoWriMo 2018 experience, and most cities in the West have NaNo writing groups.

The challenge is to write 50,000 words during the month of November. I know that that might sound daunting, hut it is 1,667 words a day – call it 2,000 if you want a cushion. It doesn’t have to be published or edited in November, only written.

I urge everyone who wants to write a book to get on over to and sign up right now. You won’t regret it, I promise you, even if you don’t finish on time this year. You will have started and that is the biggest hurdle. Start now, finish wherever, and then really go for it next year.

I’ll be one of your writing buddies, if you like. Look me up, owenjones, and say ‘Hello’.

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