30 days of words: Novel challenge begins in Virginia Beach

Participants must pen 50,000 words by Nov. 30. (Courtesy of National Novel Writing Month
Participants must pen 50,000 words by Nov. 30.
(Courtesy of National Novel Writing Month)

A group of local writers will try to write a 50,000-word novel in November as part of National Novel Writing Month.

The international movement, which goes with the moniker NaNoWriMo, started in 1999 as an event, grew in popularity and gained nonprofit status in 2005. Its initiatives include the Young Writers Program, which promotes writing fluency and creative education through free classroom kits for schools.

Last year 325,142 people from six continents participated, and 58,917 of them their goal, according to nanowrimo.org. Participants try to pen their own 50,000-word novel by Nov. 30.

A local group will meet at 10:30 p.m. tonight at the Virginia Beach home of one of NaNoWriMo’s liaisons. There will also be write-ins across the region and workshops throughout the month with local authors to discuss how they got their start.

For more information, follow the group on Twitter or check out its unofficial website.

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