Got a novel in you?




Ever heard of NANOWRIMO? I know what you’re thinking. “Sounds like something you could catch by drinking the water in some third world country.” Actually, NANOWRIMO is short for National Novel Writing Month. Every November, many thousands of authors attempt what seems to be impossible: writing a 50,000 word novel from scratch in a month. Why? Well, why do people climb Everest or run 26 mile races? To see if they can.

I’m part of a small group here in Texas that will be attempting the impossible. We meet in person once a month and also have online chat sessions every day where people can discuss plots, characters, etc. with other members to get prepared for Nov 1. In the days leading up to NANOWRIMO, I will be discussing how some of the ideas, hurdles, plot points, character arcs, etc. for my novel have changed due to simply spending some time working on them and how they have changed based on the group’s input. Hopefully, if you also have a novel in you and you want to be a fellow Nanowrimo-er, this information might help you out as well.

If you are throwing around the idea of doing NANOWRIMO, and 50,000 words seems to daunting, it’s basically 6 pages a day. If you’ve got everything in place, like the outline, character back stories, etc, then the writing should flow pretty well. Like your local Boy Scouts say, be prepared. Indeed for NANOWRIMO, it’s all about the preparation. I hope you will join us for the month of madness in November!  


Mark Fadden is a freelance writer and author whose latest, award-winning suspense thriller, The Brink, is now available as an eBook for Kindle and Barnes & Noble nook for only $2.99!

The Brink is a hell of a read.” – Bestselling author Sandra Brown

“Mark Fadden is a masterful storyteller.” – Writer’s Digest

“Mark Fadden is the next Dan Brown.” – Triple C Ranch Book Club, Southlake, Texas

Check out The Brink and Mark’s other books at

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