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Regardless of experience, anyone who’s ever had to sit and stare at a blank page will never tell you writing is easy. This is why writers come up with creative ways to approach working especially if they can’t be inspired to do it on their own.

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), for one, is a prime example of an activity you can do for productivity. The challenge is to write a 50,000-word novel before November 30. Sounds like a lot, huh? The good news is you get to do this with a whole community — all working towards a similar goal.

If NaNoWriMo isn’t right for you, however, you can try these alternative writing events to get your grind on:

Write Nonfiction In November (WNFIN)

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Write Nonfiction in November (WNFIN) is solely based on NaNoWriMo, but is dedicated on doing essays, book proposals, whitepapers, or anything that is not necessarily book-length. It’s basically a more formal version of being NaNo Rebels (aka NaNoWriMo partakers who work on other forms of writing besides the hallmark drawn-out novel).

Aside from those differences, you get to experience the same camaraderie and support of writers who are doing this with you.

12 x 12 Challenge

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If you’re a picture book author, you could try registering for 12 x 12. The concept is simple: you have to finish one picture book draft every month for a whole year. According to the site, “A draft means a story with a beginning, middle, and end – NOT a submission-ready piece.”

One noticeable thing about this particular event, however, is that it comes with a membership fee.


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Another by-product of NaNoWriMo is EBookWriMo — a challenge that requires contributors to finish a 20,000-word eBook within the whole month. What makes this especially good is that it gives aspiring writers training not just in writing, but also in thorough researching.

National Blog Posting Month (NaBloPoMo)

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National Blog Posting Month (NaBloPoMo) refers to writing a blog post a day for 30 days. It is significantly celebrated every November, but everyone is still invited to do it any month of the year.

NaBloPoMo helps bloggers with writing prompts or themes, but they are purely inspirational. Ultimately, every post about anything counts.

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