Na.No.Wri.Mo November 2012: (Inter) National Novel Writing Month. You In?


30 days and nights of literary abandon? 

The annual National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is coming up in November and Rebelle Society wants to assist the creative writers (and would-be writers in hiding) in developing the skills to practice your obsession and successfully reach your writing goals—or simply to inspire you to have the courage to write from the heart.

We will be hosting a marathon training to get your writing in shape before the big event, with regular weekly articles containing tips, tricks and advice to support you on your way.

This is not merely for those that are taking on the task of writing a novel in a month in November.

If you aren’t participating in the grueling literary marathon that is NaNoWriMo, you can follow the series and use it as a sort of online writer’s workshop.

We’ll archive all the posts for easy searching, bookmarking and sharing.


However, unlike most writing workshops, we don’t want to impose rules on how you structure your writing schedule. We’re not giving you a step-by-step dogmatic approach to harnessing your creativity. Really.

As expressed in Rebelle Society’s Creative Manifesto, we wouldn’t presume to try to herd a flock of rebels and iconoclasts—all of us are trying to get our own sh*t together and, like Leonardo DaVinci put it, “Art is never finished, only abandoned.” Art is a lifetime journey.

There are already many pieces on Rebelle Society for your inspirational reading pleasure, but we are going quite a bit further by posting a nine-week series of brief articles (written by yours truly), the first of which will appear on Saturday, September 29th, and the last, on December 1st.

Many of your favorite Rebelle writers will also be contributing additional weekly pieces, so you can think upon us as being your own official cheering squad.

If you’re inspired to contribute with your own advice and experience, please share your literary mojo with us:

But, I’m not just doing this for you, I’m doing it for me, as well.

I have novels and plays and short stories and articles inside of me that have been tucked away in straightjackets and secured in padded rooms inside my head for years that are clamoring at the gates to break free and run out into the world.

I want you to be my cheering squad and the cheerleaders for all your fellow writers.

So, please join us in breaking apart our old selves, picking out the pieces that don’t serve us as writers, and rebuilding ourselves anew with fresh habits and new tricks to express ourselves.

What do you have to lose?

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” ~ Maya Angelou





More warm-up writing mojo: 

>> 11 tips & tricks for troubled writers.

>> Kurt Vonnegut’s eight essentials for a good short story.

>> Jack Kerouac’s 30 keys to life & writing.

>> “I start trembling at the risk.” ~ Susan Sontag’s Notes to Self.

>> Henry Miller’s 11 commandments for the everyday writer.




{Stay tuned.}




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Richard La Rosa

Richard La Rosa

Richard La Rosa is a writer currently residing in the land of California, a state most Americans consider to be only loosely connected to the rest of the United States. He has been a regular contributor to Rebelle Society since August of 2012. When not engaged in the "real" world, you will find his virtual doppelgängers whimsically carousing on Facebook & Twitter.


  • Lylah Katz commented on September 29, 2012 Reply
    Richard, wonderful! I’m excited to join in on this and to cheerlead for my fellow writers. Break the straitjackets open!! Bomb your closed doors and bring it out into the light where it belongs!
    • Ocean commented on April 13, 2013 Reply
      Will NaNoWriMo this again this November? I’ll be just returning from the Sun Magazine Writer’s Retreat at Esalen, ready to write a novel? Perhaps!

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