It's National Novel Writing Month, Final Celebration at Battery Park Book Exchange Dec. 6

Each November since 1999, writers across the country participate in what is know as National Novel Writing Month (fondly shortened to NaNoWriMo), where they have a thirty days to write a 50,000 word novel.

Participants should expect to average 1,667 words per day to reach the 50k mark, but many fly past that or fall painfully short. Regardless of word count, all participants receive regular messages with motivating pep talks and coaches reminding participants that they’re almost to the finish line. NaNoWriMo often includes pep talks from former participants who have had their work published and from well-known authors.

This year’s lineup included a pep talk from Gene Luen Yang (author of American Born Chinese and two book series Boxers and Saints) in which he shares:

When I first started writing and drawing comics in the mid-90’s, I found a small community of cartoonists who all lived near me. We used to get together once a week to write, draw, critique, and talk shop.

Today, almost all of us have been published. I count some of them among my closest friends. I learned both the art and the business of story through that community. Writing can be lonely and individualistic. Narcissistic, even. All the more reason to seek out a community.

The best part of National Novel Writing Month is that my last bit of advice is built right in. Even when you’re alone, tapping away at your keyboard in the dead of night while the rest of your family sleeps off their turkey coma, you know for a fact that there are hundreds of thousands of writers out there doing the exact same thing you’re doing: wrestling demons.

To date, NaNoWriMo participants in the Asheville area to have written over 4 million words this month. All regional participants are invited to the Thank Goodness It’s Over gathering at Battery Park Book Exchange on Saturday, December 6th from 2 to 4 pm. The venue requests a minimum $5 purchase per attendee.

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