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November 1, 2009

Perhaps you’ve seen that awkward acronym floating around the web recently. Or perhaps you’re well acquainted with the National Novel Writer’s Month. I hadn’t heard of it until last year.

The basic idea is that you use November as an intentional time to write that novel that you’ve always wanted to write but never had the time. You’re doing it along with 100,000 other people all over the world with the same goal and the same timeframe: Write a 50,000-word novel from start to finish by November 30.

You don’t win anything or receive anything in return for writing, but you use the website to keep track of your progress. And you get public recognition at the end of the month if you’re one of the thousands of people who reach the 50,000-word mark.

What does this have to do with TypeTribe? Well, as you can tell, TypeTribe is not yet functional. I’m working on a “lite” version of the site that should be ready soon. The next step is to get the full version ready so you can start using it.

I mention this because if you do NaNoWriMo and you finish a novel, you’re going to want people to read it. You could send it out to a bunch of friends, some of whom might take a few weeks to read it, and maybe they’ll give you some constructive feedback. But odds are that only a few will read it, and they’ll tell you they like it. What else are they going to say?

That’s why TypeTribe is here. You can have people read your work within a couple days, and they’ll provide you with useful feedback at the end of that period. You’ll hold them accountable by paying them a small, reasonable amount (you decide how much, and the readers will decide based on your restrictions if it’s worth it to them).

So if you embarked on NaNoWriMo today, good luck. TypeTribe will be here for you when you finish that first novel (or even just the first chapter of that novel).

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