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Jakarta Post

How to become a novelist in 30 days

  • Sara Veal


Jakarta   /   Sun, December 13 2009   /  01:55 pm

Hning (left), a fi rst-time Nano-novelist, considers her work in progress while Nano-veteran Eve, a freelance translator, hits her stride. JP/Sara Veal The next bestseller to hit Indonesian shelves might have been born last month, in a frenzied labor of love powered by caffeine and the camaraderie of fellow writers around the city and beyond. This November was the 11th edition of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), the world's largest writing contest, founded in San Francisco by Chris Baty, in which 167, 150 professional and amateur writers attempt to complete at least 50,000 words of a novel by midnight, local time, on Nov. 30. There are no prizes - and no one even reads your work unless you want them to; your word count is validated by scrambling counting machines on the site - only the satisfaction of having completed the challenge, although Baty said more than 30 participa...