Monday, October 24, 2011

I Love to Write Day

I Love to Write Day, in its 10th year, is coming up soon on Tuesday, November 15. Founded in 2002 by author John Riddle, the event is centered around the fact that anyone can, and should, write. Riddle's website outlines writing events around the country held that day in 2010 and suggested writing activities for November 15. For Riddle, the important thing is not what you write but just that one is writing.

I'm encouraging everyone to participate as well. I'll likely be writing something for work that day, but I'll probably also put up a blog post and maybe send out a note to a friend. Why not consider sending a card to an old friend? Journaling about your childhood? Starting to write the book you've got in your head? Picking up where you left off with a writing project?

Pretty much anything you write on November 15 counts for I Love to Write Day. If you do plan to participate, Riddle likes to keep count, so email him and let him know you're writing.

If you're planning to participate in National Novel Writing Month, also in November, then you should definitely sign up for I Love to Write Day because you'll be writing anyway! The rules for this are also simple. If you participate, on November 1 you'll start writing your 50,000-word novel. You have to finish by November 30 and upload it to the website to get your certificate of completion. The thought with this program is that it's not quite so scary if other people are doing the same, and the NaNoWriMo website acts as a forum for bringing this community of writers together. I just did the math. If you write five pages a day, you'll have your 50,000 words by the end of the month.

Now start writing!

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