Here’s your chance to write the next great music novel

National Novel Writing Month

As the old saying goes, everyone has a story to tell. Some may be tales of triumph or perhaps one of great tragedy, but all are worthy of being shared with the world at large.

November is National Novel Writing Month, otherwise known as NaNoWriMo18. Started by For the next thirty days, creative minds around the world will be doing their best to create the next great book. There are no financial commitments to make, nor meetings to attend. All you have to do is write. Get your thoughts out of your head and onto the paper (or your favorite word processor).

That said, there are tools to help you, as well as a place to seek support for your ideas. The official National Novel Writing Month website is an excellent place to start. By signing up for a free account, writers can access features that help track their progress, as well as materials that will help bring their creativity to life. You can also search the #NaNoWriMo18 hashtag, which is used on all social platforms to connect people and boost morale. Here’s a small peek at the type of material you can find:

We have some advice of our own if you’d like to hear it:

1. Do not worry about grammar while writing your first draft. Worrying about details like that can stall your progress. Just write.

2. Don’t set unreasonable goals. You don’t know what the rest of the month will hold. Do the best you can every day and accept that as being enough.

3. Dream big. If you have a story that is unlike anything you’ve ever seen, tell it. If your story is bold and provocative, write it out. Take risks and have fun.

We are going to participate as well. If you want to trade ideas or drafts, email

James Shotwell

James Shotwell is the Director of Customer Engagement at Haulix and host of the company's podcast, Inside Music. He is also a public speaker known for promoting careers in the entertainment industry, as well as an entertainment journalist with over a decade of experience. His bylines include Rolling Stone, Alternative Press, Substream Magazine, Nu Sound, and Under The Gun Review, among other popular outlets.