Discoveries

How to use NaNoWriMo to drive your writing forward

National Novel Writing Month (NanoWriMo) began in 1999 as a daunting but straightforward challenge: to write 50,000 words of a novel during the thirty days of November. Now, each year on November 1, hundreds of thousands of people around the world begin to write, determined to end the month with 50,000 words of a brand-new novel. 

To mark NanoWriMo this year, we’re partnering with the London Writers’ Salon, encouraging potential Discoveries entrants to join their Writers’ Hour.

Discoveries is our new writers’ programme, inviting unpublished women writers from the UK or Ireland to submit the opening of a novel in English, of up to 10,000 words. Unlike most initiatives of this kind, writers are not required to have finished their novel, and Discoveries is completely free to enter. Find out more here >

The Writers’ Hour is a free, virtual and silent writing sprint held four times a day Monday to Friday. The sessions attract anywhere between 70-250+ writers per writing sprint. It’s a warm welcoming community where new writers rub shoulders with established writers. Writers come in, set their intentions in the chat box, cheers each other with a drink and then write in silence. It doesn’t matter where you’re based or where you are in your writing journey. Make a hot drink and get some writing done with the writers of Writers’ Hour!

What other writers say:

“Writers Hour has the been the prompt I needed to finally start actually writing, after years of daydreaming about it.”

“I love Writers’ Hour mornings. It’s the most productive hour of my day.”

So get started on that novel, register here >

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