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Jakarta Post

Calling all budding Indonesian novelists

  • Sara Veal

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, November 11 2009   /  11:34 am

Have you ever planned on writing a novel? Or are you already a seasoned novelist looking for your next challenge? Well, there could be no better time to put pen to paper. November is the 11th annual National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), a free worldwide challenge in which both professional and amateur writers attempt to complete a 50,000-word novel by midnight, local time, on Nov. 30. Sound impossible? It really isn't, as the hundreds of thousands of previous NaNoWriMo winners, i.e. all those who achieved 50,000 words of fiction within the month, can testify. Because it's not about quality, its all about quantity. So perfectionist writers out there can just this once forget about obsessively re-editing every single word. Just charge on and tell your story, in any language you like, with "literary abandon", as NaNoWriMo's tagline encourages. There are no judges and no prize...