Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to write a novel in 30 days. The goal is 50,000 words by midnight, your local time, on 30 November. Write using your own computer, in whatever software you prefer, and you’ll be joining thousands of people around the Globe who will be doing the same.

What do you think? I came across this contest the other week and thought I’d highlight it to share with readers of my blog. 1 November is the launch of National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo as it’s more commonly known, and it’s now in its 14th year.

A website has been set up to allow authors to keep track of their wordcount, seek advice and connect with other people who are doing the challenge too.  I know many comms pros are avid creative writers and this seems like the perfect opportunity to give yourself a deadline and to write, write, write!

NaNoWriMo is run by a nonprofit called the Office of Letters and Light. The event was founded in 1999 and in that year it had 21 participants and six winners. The 2011 contest had 256,618 participants and 36,843 winners. For the fact fans among you, the number of words officially logged in last year’s content was 3,074,068,446. Phew!

You can find out all you need to know via the NaNoWriMo website.

Are you thinking of taking part? Are you a comms pro who has published a book? Do share your experiences with others by commenting below. If you are giving NaNoWriMo a go, best of luck and do let us know how you get on. If you’re looking for some writing tips, check out How to wordsmith your way to success, Rachel

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