Sophie Dishman

National Novel Writing Month is a success for Sunderland local writers

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National Novel Writing Month has been a success for some Sunderland local writers. 

The project takes place in November with people aiming to write everyday for four weeks.

National Novel Writing Month is a competition against yourself to write a 50,000 word novel with a target of 1667 words per day.

Lizzy Matterson, a contributor at the Holmeside Writers group said: “This is my sixth National Novel Writing Month, my first being in 2010. I had never heard of it until I was driving to work on the first of November that year.”

She added: “This year stared out really well, much better than previous years, but I lost three days to viral infection. I’ve managed to make most of my words back up. I’ve never been able to keep to the targets. Some days I might write 3/4000 words and other days 500.”

There are many reasons why writers get involved.

Shannon Crozier, a student and contributor at Spectral Visions said: “I have participated in National Novel Writing Month because I tend to struggle to find time to write. During November, everything that is not a priority, I push to one side and focus that time on writing.

She added: “It gives me both the time to write and the motivation to write as I have a specific goal to work towards. It is also a great way to meet new people. People from all over the world take part and we all connect online, share tips and ideas, and take part in crazy tasks and challenges. You really do build some great friendships.”

Shannon also mentioned her survival kit that she uses for the month-long event.

She said: “Without this I would not be able to get through it. The first year I participated, I was only able to write 35,000 words. Last year I completed it in 50,341 words and this year I have successfully completed 50,000.”

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