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You’ve got one month to write your novel!

07 Nov 2013

This year the NMIT’s (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE) Bachelor of Writing and Publishing program will be participating in NANOWRIMO.

NANOWRIMO stands for National Novel Writing Month, and is a not-for-profit initiative which sees participants attempt to complete a 50,000 word novel within one month.

The NMIT NANOWRIMO team will be meeting weekly to write in a group, in order to encourage members to finish the ambitious task they have set out to complete!

“Whether you're a seasoned writer or just starting out, NANOWRIMO will help get the words down on the page,” says NMIT Bachelor of Writing and Publishing lecturer, Alice Robinson. “It's such a great thing to do because it gives you a daily goal (1,667 words) to aim for, and that structure really helps push the writing along. A bit of healthy competition helps too. The benefit of working in a team is that we're all in it together. We're supporting each other by coming together to write, and by cheering each other on through our Facebook page. We can't wait to see what stories have emerged by the end of the month!”

Despite the challenging word requirement, participants are encouraged to simply complete the task with no judgement on the quality of the writing. At the end of the month, novels are submitted electronically to verify the completion of the task. Anyone who achieves the 50,000 word limit is acknowledged as a winner of the challenge.

The Team will meet at the Fairfield campus Chapel every Monday from 10-2.

“It is a chance for anyone who has had an idea for a novel, or is longing to write a novel, to finally commit to getting the words down.”

You can find out more about NANOWRIMO at

Whilst not every novel is completed, there are some notable novels which have been published after competing in NANOWRIMO. These novels include The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern which spent time on the New York Times best seller list and Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen which saw a film adaptation released in 2011.

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