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Monday, April 18, 2011

Write an 80,000 Word Novel in 80 Days!

Any aspiring novelists among you may be interested in this challenge to write an 80,000 word novel in 80 days, beginning on 1st May 2011 and ending on 19th July 2011.

May - You Write Your Novel is the brainchild of author Sally Quilford. You can read more about the challenge on this webpage, and there is also a Facebook Group you can join.

Like NaNoWriMo, which takes place every November, this is an informal challenge. There is no fee to enter, and no prize for completing the challenge, beyond the satisfaction of actually finishing a novel.

As for why the target is 80,000 words, Sally says: 'Agents and publishers seldom look at novels below 80k as they're not viable as full-length novels. So the aim is to help you write your way to a full-length, saleable novel.'

Challenges such as May - You Write Your Novel can be great for helping you focus on the project concerned. You also have the reassurance of knowing that other people are striving to achieve the same goal at the same time, and are available to provide mutual support and encouragement via the website.

If you'd like to take part in the May - You Write Your Novel Challenge, take a look at this list of Frequently Asked Questions, then indicate your intention to take part by leaving a comment at the end.

And if you need a bit of extra inspiration to get you started, you might like to check out the excellent Write A Novel in a Month from my sponsors, The WCCL Network - see banner below.

Good luck!

Photo Credit: Working hard by The Italian Voice on Flickr.

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