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Apparently, Stephanie Perkins wrote Anna and the French Kiss during NaNoWriMo. You may ask, “What is that?” Well, NaNoWriMo, short for National Novel Writing Month, is held annually during November. During this period, people challenge themselves into writing 50,000 words – long enough to be a novel perhaps.

anna-and-the-french-kissI believe that NaNoWriMo is a wonderful opportunity for aspiring writers to pursue their dream. Many people have dreamed of writing their own book, whether it be a fiction novel or a non-fiction book. Many people have actually started doing this by typing several pages of word document on their computer. Not many people finish this and actually publish their books. With only one month, it is easier to push yourself into finishing the novel. Plus NaNoWriMo offers many support and help that aspiring writers will certainly find useful.

Moreover, one of the concerns that people have is that it always seems like it takes a bajillion years to finish a novel. And sometimes this effort does not pay off when you do not get a book deal or nobody wants to read your novel. With NaNoWriMo, you are pushed to finish your book within one month. As a result, if it doesn’t work out, you would only have wasted one month of hard work.

Of course, the draft that you produced in NaNoWriMo definitely cannot be a book-material immediately as it requires revisions. Many revisions. However with the draft already done, the revisions are surely not too difficult to handle. With enough attention spent on revising the draft, your 50000 words can surely become something great too. After all, Stephanie Perkins’ Anna and the French Kiss is a great success.

So what are you waiting for, you budding writers? Join NaNoWriMo next time to start your own writing career.

Stay tuned to follow our thoughts on Anna and the French Kiss!

Disclaimer: Finished copy provided by Penguin Books Canada in exchange for read-along. All opinions are my own.
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