National Novel Writing Month is underway and 260,180 writers have committed to writing a novel during November. That's according to figures displayed on the website.
The organization NaNoWriMo is a registered nonprofit with support made possible by Amazon, donations, and merchandise sales.
Aspiring novelists in Southern California have a wealth of resources to assist in developing stories throughout the year.
Start with the Southern California Writers Association for exposure to writers of all genres of fiction and non-fiction. The group has meetings on the third Saturday of each month to highlight important points about the writing industry.
Is romance your interest? There is the Romance Writers of America (RWA) with chapters in Los Angeles, the San Gabriel Valley, Orange County and San Diego.
The Mystery Writers of America Southern California chapter is inviting novelists to join each other in a coffee shop while working on projects. The organization formed in 1945.
California and Texas are the two states with the greatest number of Western Writers of America members. The association's convention in 2014 will be held in Sacramento.
Currently, the romance genre and all its subsets lead the way in fiction sales. Romance fiction generated $1.438 billion in sales in 2012 and is expected to total $ 1.35 billion in 2013.
Writing fiction requires patience and the willingness to rewrite and get input from other writers and readers. The payoff: fiction writing may take some years to generate a substantial income. However, publishing on a consistent basis can lead to at least a steady, part-time income.