November is novel writing month
Zhie and Mark, co-organizers of the Milwaukee County NaNoWriMo
MILWAUKEE - It's the American Dream. Quit your job, move to the country, and write a novel.
Now's your chance! November is National Novel Writing Month, otherwise known as NaNoWriMo.
"It started about 15 years ago in California," said Zhie, a librarian at MATC. "A group of people got together and decided to write a novel in a month."
There's only one rule. The novel must be 50-thousand words.
"It's a little less than 2,000 words a day," Zhie explained. "The group discovered it was a fun adventure."
"The greatest adventure is what lies ahead." - J.R.R Tolkien
The 'adventure' has exploded over the years with more than 300-thousand participants worldwide and here in Wisconsin.
"We have several regions here in Racine/Kenosha, Waukesha, and Milwaukee," said Zhie. "We always have a great turnout."
How in the world do you write a novel in a month?
According to Zhie there are two types of writers: 'Preppers and Pantsers.'
"Preppers are people with their story-line already written out," she explained. "Pantsers go by the seat of their pants. They start on Nov. 1st and have no idea where they're going. They just jump into it."
"Everybody does have a book in them, but in most cases that's where it should stay" - Christopher Hitchens
The finished product isn't always pretty. But that's not the point. The focus of NaNoWriMo is to write.
"We're not looking for grammar, spelling or punctuation," said Mark, a co-organizer. "Just get the words down and write stream of consciousness."
The Milwaukee group will kick off the writing at Greenfield Public Library on Sunday. They'll meet at the end of the month and read passages from their work.
"Our lives are defined by opportunities, even the ones we miss." - F. Scott Fitzgerald
"Everyone who participates is a winner," Zhie said. "There are so many 'one-day writers' out there. 'One day I'll write a novel. One day I'll write my story.' The fact that you started (the process) is something you wouldn't have done otherwise."
'Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try!' - Dr. Seuss