National Novel Writing Month draws to close as Launceston writers head to 50,000 words

50,000 words: Joee Kolk, of Launceston, and Monissa Whiteley, of Riverside, at a "write-in" at the Powerhouse Gallery, Inveresk. Picture: Phillip Biggs

50,000 words: Joee Kolk, of Launceston, and Monissa Whiteley, of Riverside, at a "write-in" at the Powerhouse Gallery, Inveresk. Picture: Phillip Biggs

What are you doing with your November? 

A number of Tasmanian authors are writing a novel in just 30 days, joining an international cohort for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo).

The annual event challenges participants to write an entirely new story from start to finish, with a 50,000 word requirement to “win” by November 30.

The online forums are a hive of activity as authors from across the world contribute plot and character ideas, commiserations and encouragement.

At Inveresk’s Powerhouse Gallery, four Launceston participants are at an all-day write-in, laptops and notebooks in hand, writing their novels in communal silence.

Regular participant Joee Kolk says NaNoWriMo is “a personal challenge” and a way for local authors to make friends and keep motivated through the hectic month of plot points, character arcs and hunting for synonyms.

“More accountability, less procrastination makes you want to try harder,” she says.

“The group support … does make it more fun.”

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