National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) starts on 1 November, and will see almost half a million participants worldwide working towards writing a 50,000 word novel in one month.

This week, we spoke to Elizabeth Haynes and Melissa Brown about NaNoWriMo, how it’s helped their writing careers and why the challenge is worth attempting.

Join up at

If you’re in Norfolk, head to the kick-off event at the Millennium Library – 1pm, Saturday 29 October.

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