Games Writers Play #24: Write a Novel in a Month

Scott William Carter   June 29, 2010  

“I know you’ve heard it a thousand times before. But it’s true – hard work pays off. If you want to be good, you have to practice, practice, practice.” — Ray Bradbury

I hesitate even mentioning this game, not because it’s not good, but because it’s so famous that it seems superfluous.  But because it is such a great writing game I want to include it in my series.

Write a novel of at least 50,000 words in one month.

That’s right, we’re talking about the same game that motivates thousands of people around the world in the month of November:  National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo for short.  If you want extra encouragement, check out their site and participate in the month of November.  But you don’t have to do it in the month of November.  Any month will do.

Now for those of you crying out that no good books could possibly be written in a month, I must remind you that Ray Bradbury wrote Fahrenheit 451 in nine days in the basement of UCLA’s library on a coin-operated typewriter.  And fifty thousand words, divided by 30, is about 1700 words a day.  Even if you have a job, if you just dedicate your evenings to it for a month, you should be able to do it.  Why, if take a look at their site, you’ll see that lots people have.


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