Come NaNo with this Mo


The setup for NaNoWriMo at home, if I need to ...
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National Novel Writing Month is about a week away; the time of year when thousands of people around the world agree to sit down daily, write 1600 words, towards a goal of 50,000 words by the end of the November.

I’ve attempted NaNoWriMo (much cooler abbreviation) three times in the past five years. The first time, Thanksgiving did me in. I didn’t finish. The second time, I finished on time, and turned the manuscript into my first published novel, Saving Peace. The third time, I didn’t hit 50,000 by December 1st, but I did by the 5th or so. The manuscript turned into my third published novel, The Dohmestics. This is my fourth time out at NaNo and I’m more excited than ever and ready to share.

Sign up to NaNoWriMo with me as your writing coach in the online learning environment known as a MOOC. Completely free! I will post weekly assignments, advice, examples to help us get to our goal of a completed first draft. You’ll also have access to a discussion forum where all other learners will be posting examples, asking questions, and commiserating in our race to 50,000 words. Even if you don’t ‘finish’ or ‘win’, NaNo is fantastic fun because we are all in it together. This is the second MOOC I’ve taught; the first one was a Personal Essay course that had 100 people sign up, 50 people make it to week one, and 20 or so complete an essay.

What have you got to lose?

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    • Mohana

      Hi Loay: We kicked off yesterday but if you’re really keen and want to catch up, you could join. Fill out the contact form and send me your Gmail address (you will need a Google+ profile enabled as well to participate in the forum).

  1. Lynn Amos

    Hi,it’s the early hours of the 3rd and I have just found out about your course. I tried to sign up but its closed!!! The 3rd hasn’t really started here….can you help? Thanks. ps I trued NaNoWriMo last year and this would be e great help.

    • Mohana

      Hi Adrian: I’m not sure yet but I have had several inquiries that make me curious about starting it up again. Depends on how the start of the semester goes. Sign up for the newsletter (link in the side bar) and you’ll get a note in October if we do the NaNo MOOC again. Thanks for stopping by and for your interest.

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