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FICTION FOCUS: ready, steady, GO!

Get fired up for November’s marathon as Margaret James looks at the very real benefits of taking part

It’s that time of year again, when participants in the annual National Novel Writing Month event get ready to spend thirty days glued to their computer screens as they do their best to write the first draft of a novel in just one month.

Why would any writers wish to put themselves through this physical and psychological torment?

Well, as a species we seem to enjoy being challenged, and being challenged by NaNoWriMo can sometimes result in tangible rewards. It did for the bestselling novelist Julia Crouch whom I interviewed for Writing Magazine several years ago. Julia had a big hit with her first novel Cuckoo, the first rough draft of which was written during National Novel Writing Month, and she hasn’t looked back since.

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