NaNoWriMoIt’s that time of year again.

Writers around the world are gearing up for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), and taking on the challenge to write 50,000-word the manuscript during the month of November.

Sounds daunting, doesn’t it?

But if you break it down over the 30 days, it actually means committing yourself to writing under 1700 words a day.

And those are unedited words. One of the central tenets of NaNoWriMo is to squash out your inner editor. Editing will come later. The NaNo challenge is all about creativity and a burst of sustained writing.

As often as I sing the praises of NaNoWriMo, I’m always cheering on participants from the sidelines, never taking part myself. And so it will be again this year.

For those of you participating in the challenge this year (and those of you simply interested in the challenge as I am), be sure to take a look at an interview I did in the past with author Grace Tierney – a multi-year participant in NaNo, and a regional organizer for Ireland. Grace offers plenty of advice and inspiration for those of you gearing up for November madness.

Writers, will you be participating in this year’s competition? Have you taken part in the past?

I am certain I join many authors cheering all you participants on from the sideline. Best of luck in NaNoWriMo 2014!