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Do I have to write a novel?

Nope. Many writers use NaNoWriMo as a time to work on various creative projects, just with the common goal of writing 50,000 words. Some authors choose to work on fanfiction, nonfiction, poetry, scripts for plays or movies, and short stories. The important thing is to just write.

How can I participate?

Dear Ally, How Do You Write a Book by Ally Carter
Consider This: Moments in My Writing Life After Which Everything Was Different by Chuck Palahniuk
Who Says? Mastering Point of View in Fiction
Storyville: An Illustrated Guide to Writing Fiction
Craft in the Real World: Rethinking Fiction, Writing & Workshopping
Writing Without Rules by Jeff Somers
Save the Cat! Writes a Novel: The Last Book on Novel Writing You’ll Ever Need
Writing 21st Century Fiction by Donald Maass
The Creative Compass by Dan Millman & Sierra Prasada
From Idea to Novel
How To Write a Page-turner: Craft a Story Your Readers Can’t Put Down
20 Master Plots by Ronald B. Tobias
Mastering Plot Twists
Elmore Leonard
27 Essential Principles of Story : Master the Secrets of Great Storytelling, From Shakespeare to South Park
Brave the Page by Rebecca Stern
Rules of Thumb

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Why Adults are Reading YA

Why Adults are Reading YA

March 2, 2022

Adults are reading Young Adult (YA) literature. Yeah, adult adults — grown people with jobs, who pay their own bills, chat about interest rates on mortgages, or maybe even have young adult children themselves. Not only are they reading it, they also make up most of YA literature’s readership.

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