The beginning of November brings National Novel Writing Month. Known affectionately as NaNoWriMo, the programme has been running since 1999 when it started with a group of just 21 in San Fransisco. From 1 November, participants begin working towards writing a 50,000 word novel by midnight on November 30. This year over 3000 people worldwide are signed up to take part. The challenge isn’t about creating a polished finished book, it’s about starting your novel.
So where to start? We put our top tips together from writers, editors and agents to help you on your way.