nano_09_blk_participant_100x100_1.pngSome say that our modern Halloween holiday descended from ancient religious observances of a sacred time, a time when the boundary between our world and another world “thins,” easing passage between. For writers, the scudding leaves, winking pumpkins, and heavy darkness bring seasonal inspiration. But October 31st marks another eve, the eve of Nanowrimo or National Novel Writing Month. Whether you’re actually writing a novel or not, this literary challenge dares participants to write 1667 words a day for each day of November (that’s for 50,000 total). Free registration on the Nanowrimo web site, allows you to log your daily word count, receive daily prompts and witty encouragement, and communicate with other Maine Nanowrimoers, including me, who gather for kickoff parties and write ins. The Maine media has taken note that Nanowrimo is a growing phenomenon, a fun way to build community among writers. It’s not too late, consider signing up!

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