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Turning Lead into Gold

February 20, 2003

In this space, I've previously discussed National Novel Writing Month (, the world-wide burst of writing that encourages budding novelists to write a 50 thousand word first draft of a novel in the 30 days of November.

Now an associated event has cropped up to help people struggle through the editing of their 50K-word drafts: National Novel Editing Month. The goal of NaNoEdMo is to spend 50 hours working on the editing of your novel draft, within the month of March.

The idea of everyone focusing on editing during the same month is to give writers a chance to share their experiences, good and bad, joyful and painful, with others who are going through the same thing at the same time. The event offers encouragement, tips, and structure to the whole thing.

Even if you didn't participate in NaNoWriMo in the past, you can still join in if you've got a fiction (or semi-fiction) manuscript lying around, waiting to be edited.

The first NaNoEdMo will begin on March 1. Signups are not yet ready, but when they are they'll be at Check out the site, which offers tips for preparing for the editing binge, then print out that dusty first draft, get out your red pens, and get ready to craft some silk purses from sows ears.