It’s become a hallowed day-after-Halloween tradition. No, I’m not talking about eating tons of leftover candy (or hitting up candy sales at the drugstore, in case you don’t have any leftovers!). I’m talking about NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month.

The goal is to write a novel – at least 50k words – in one month, and many aspiring authors have embraced it as a way to stay on track and finally get the book they’ve been dreaming of down on the page. Other writers use it to structure their time on an intimidating revision, or even get a headstart on manuscript already under contract.

While it got started as a personal challenge, many find that committing to the challenge on social media and tracking their progress on the NaNoWriMo website is a great way to stay motivated – a community to celebrate good writing days and persevere through rough ones. All day long I’ve been seeing funny/heartwarming/rueful/encouraging tweets from writers embarking on NaNoWriMo, or even contemplating it. Here are a few of my faves:

And of course, DG&B tweeted some encouragement of our own (make sure you’re following us on Twitter – we’ve got a new name and everything!)

I’d love to know if any of our blog readers are drafting a novel this month. What are your best tips for sticking to a writing schedule, whether a spring like NaNoWriMo, or a year-round marathon?