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article imageCan you write a novel in 30 days?

By Alexander Baron     Oct 14, 2013 in Odd News
If you think you can indeed write a novel in a mere thirty days, this is for you. Entry is free and full details can be found on the website.
Welcome to National Novel Writing Month. Everything you need to know can be found in the FAQ, well, almost everything. The one question only you can answer is, are you up to the challenge? Assuming you want to enter, that is.
Shortened to the hideous acronym NaNoWriMo, this organisation has actually been around since 2001.
Now, can you write a novel in a month? Let's tackle this from another angle; Barbara Cartland died in May 2000 at the age of 98, and is credited with writing over 700 novels. She had three children, so allowing for her girlhood and personal life, let's says she had 70 years to write her novels, which makes an easy sum of 700/70 = ten novels a year. Obviously she will have had peaks and troughs, and it is to be expected she did at least a bit of research, so yes, it is possible to write a novel in a month. A good one, or one that others, in particular the judges will like, is another matter entirely. And don't forget, yours has to be 50,000 words.
The other big question is will it make you rich? Well, winning this competition won't. On the other hand, JK Rowling is said to have made a billion dollars from her Harry Potter books.
Author JK Rowling testifies to the Leveson Inquiry  November 24  2011.
Author JK Rowling testifies to the Leveson Inquiry, November 24, 2011.
Alas, Barbara Cartland left nothing in her will, although her estate is still actively managing her legacy, such as it is.
You have all the information, now the rest is up to you, so good luck!
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