Friday, March 14, 2008

What could be more inspiring?

NaNoWriMo (November)
National Novel Writing Month is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to novel writing. Participants begin writing November 1. The goal is to write a 175-page (50,000-word) novel by midnight, November 30.
Valuing enthusiasm and perseverance over painstaking craft, NaNoWriMo is a novel-writing program for everyone who has thought fleetingly about writing a novel but has been scared away by the time and effort involved.
Because of the limited writing window, the ONLY thing that matters in NaNoWriMo is output. It's all about quantity, not quality. The kamikaze approach forces you to lower your expectations, take risks, and write on the fly. More at

FAWM (February)
February Album Writing Month
Write 14 songs in 29 days
What are you waiting for ... inspiration?
Want to join other songwriters in a fun, high-velocity learning experience? Challenge yourself to write 14 songs this February. At FAWM.ORG, songwriters can track their progress, choose to post MP3s and lyrics, be inspired by fellow participants, give and receive comments, and talk in the forums. More at

Let's get manic.
Find an internet connection, quit normal life for a month, and join in. Tell us if you opt for this madness :) and tell us how it goes.

Do you know any more like this?


t said...

About the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award

The Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award is an opportunity for emerging fiction writers to join a community of authors on, showcase their work, and compete for a chance to get published.

Sponsored in partnership with Penguin Group (USA) and HP, the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award launched in October 2007 and received more than 5,000 initial entries. Of those, excerpts from over 800 fiction entries were eligible for customers to read, rate, and review, beginning in January 2008. Editors at Penguin Group (USA) reviewed the Top 100 semifinalists based on early customer reads and full manuscript reviews provided by Publishers' Weekly. In March 2008, the leading Top 10 finalists were selected for the customers' vote. A panel of experts--including a bestselling author, editor and publisher, literary critic, and literary agent--also weighed in with their reviews for each of the top 10 novels. The top three finalists--Dwight Okita (The Prospect of My Arrival), Harry Dolan (Bad Things Happen), and Bill Loehfelm (Fresh Kills) traveled to New York City for the first weekend in April, where Bill Loehfelm was revealed as the winner.

Be sure to stay tuned to this page for more updates from the contest team, the latest news on new books from ABNA authors, and the hottest threads from our author forum. You never know who's going to break through. . .


t said...


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