nanocrestNovember 1st marks the starting gun for the wildest, most fun race any writer can run: National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo.  This year, Kobo Writing Life is a sponsor of the yearly challenge, and we’ve put together our own team who will be participating!

Meet the Kobo Writing Life KoboWriMo team!

 Mark Lefebvre Mark Lefebvre, Director, Kobo Writing Life

Kobo HQ: Toronto, Canada

I’ve had the genesis of an idea for a novella length thriller kicking around in my head for a while, about a man in the midst of investigating his father’s mysterious and unexplained death from a few years earlier on an operating room table who suddenly finds himself the target of repeated relentless assassins. He is unable to find refuge or any support even from work colleagues and friends as he tries to stay one step ahead of the constant attacks.

The entire story will be told in near real-time and roll out over the course of a single day.

Tentative/Working title is EVASION. Genre:  Thriller/Suspense

The last time I participated in NaNoWriMo, I began work on the novel A CANADIAN WEREWOLF IN NEW YORK (something that turned out to be about 80,000 words and should be ready, after another edit, for publication in late 2014)

Preparation so far:

  • Created profile:  mark-leslie
  • Started working out the “beats” for the story
  • Created a character sketch for my main characters
  • Began outlining various times during November where I will unplug from internet/email and focus on writing for solid blocks of time


Christine Munroe Christine Munroe, US Manager, Kobo Writing Life

New York City, NY

I HAVE NO IDEA!!! Well, to be more precise, I have way too many ideas. I have always considered myself more of a reader than a writer, so crossing the threshold terrifies me. This is my first time participating in NaNoWriMo and first time writing a novel, but I am ready for the challenge.

Preparation so far:

  • Created profile:  christinemunroe
  • Looked at November calendar and realized my schedule is crazy and I am even crazier for signing up to do this
  • Opened Word document to start brainstorming and outlining, saved said blank document as “NaNoWriMo” on my desktop
  • Opened and closed said document daily with no progress


 CamOK Camille Mofidi, EU Manager, Kobo Writing Life

Paris, France

I’ve been thinking about a romance novel for a while now, but never really put myself to work. Now is time to move on!

The plot takes place in the Caribbean Islands and is an unexpected mixture of scuba diving, real-estate development by a vulture fund, wildlife protection… All this could end with a beach wedding, if everything goes right between Luka and… I still haven’t found the name of the heroine!

Preparation so far:

  • Created profile: missmantaray
  • Outline: work in progress
  • Preparation: I’ve been browsing through the romance forum of NaNoWriMo site, as well as the French NaNoWriMo forum.


profile Sarah Carless, Technical Writer, Publisher & Author Communications

Kobo HQ: Toronto, Canada

I’ve been struggling to write a high fantasy novel, The Hidden Court, for far too long now, and I’ve come to realize that it’s just not working the way I want it to. So for NaNoWriMo, I’m stripping out all the various sub-plots, minor characters, and all the loose ends that were cluttering the thing up and giving them all their own vehicles: I’ll be writing a series of short stories set in that world. When I’m done, I’ll have a book of short fiction that gives my world more flavour, and it will clear out the clutter from my novel-in-progress.

Preparation so far:

  • Created profile: Sarah from Kobo
  • Thought about making a list of stories/characters/features to showcase, but haven’t actually done it yet
  • Warned friends & family of impending social scarcity

Keep checking in here at our blog to keep an eye on our progress, and to hear our screams of frustration and our shouts of victories!

Let us know in comments if you’re participating, too! We can all go through the pain together.

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