If you’ve ever wanted to write a novel, but have a hard time getting past that blinking cursor on that first blank page (like me), I have some fun news.

November is NaNoWriMo! (National Novel Writing Month.)

Every year, the challenge is issued to write 50,000 words within November’s 30 days. The idea is not that you’ll have a perfect (or even close to perfect) story, plot, novel, or characters, but that you’ll have an amazing start, and have fun doing it. You just have to keep writing, spilling out all your ideas. There’s not really enough time to edit, re-write, or second guess yourself.

(Yeah, I tried last year and got to about 6k words I believe.)

I bring it up on Lightning Octopus not just because you have that perfect SF novel idea in the back of your brain, but because Arizona has some fantastic groups that go all out for this marathon of words.

They’re very active, involved, and dedicated to helping everyone in their group succeed. As part of the East Valley group last year, I can tell you they are wicked friendly, helpful, and fun. So if you think you might try to go for it this year, do yourself a favor and join one.

You can find all of the Arizona groups right here.

Let us know in the comments if you’re thinking of participating this year; I just might follow up with you throughout the month and spotlight your story.

Write on!