Literary

Foil National Novel Writing Month Writer's Block With These Local Support Groups

It's November 2, which means National Novel Writing Month will be over in 29 days. Ready to give up the 50,000-word challenge?


Don't, because there are some local groups that may help you get cranking as you try to hammer out a book in just 30 29 days.

National Novel Writing Month's been around since 1999, and calls upon worldwide amateur writers to pen a 175-page book from scratch by midnight, November 30. Last year boasted 165,000 participants, with 30,000 authors successfully meeting the goal.

So you need help? We have a few suggestions after the jump ...

One is the NaNoWriMo Write-In at Bookmans Entertainment Exchange, 8034 North 19th Avenue. Taking place daily from 4 to 7 p.m. through November 30, the bookstore is offering a space (and free wi-fi) for stuck scribes to brainstorm and to write. Check this out for more info.

The other is a Phoenix-area virtual support group, offered through the official National Novel Writing Month website. The online posse offers discussion topics and a series of goal-meeting deadlines. More info can be found here.

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Steve Jansen
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