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It's that time of year again when people all over the world try to write a novel in just a month. Some people might call it foolish but many prefer to think of it as adventurous. And possibly also foolish... For those taking part in NaNoWriMo this year here are a few fictional writers to inspire you during this month of (hopefully) non-stop writing!

Cassandra Mortmain

From the first line: 'I write this sitting in the kitchen sink' Cassandra lets us know that writing is her thing. Cassandra's father is also a writer, who wrote a very successful novel many years ago and has written nothing since, but the difference between the two is that Cassandra knows the real key to writing success - you just have to sit down and write something.

The Narrator

The narrator of Breakfast at Tiffany's tells us very little about himself. We never even learn his name. At the start of the story he tells us that he is a writer and that he is friends with a woman called Holly Golightly. That's all we need to know. The narrator of this story knows his role. He knows that the story isn't about him but he also knows that he has to be there to tell it.

Dr. John Watson

John Watson, on the other hand, is an entirely different sort of writer and narrator. Not only does Dr. Watson get thoroughly involved in helping his friend Sherlock Holmes to solve his mysteries, but he then returns home and writes them all down to be published. Dr. Watson is a man who knows the importance of documentary.

Cath Avery

Cath's passion for writing is matched only by her passion for the Simon Snow fandom and having had some online success with her Simon/Baz fanfiction, she finds it tricky to branch out into original writing. But she never loses her passion. Cath writes purely because she loves to do it and she loves to share her writing with other people, which is really what all writers want in the end.

Sue Bowl

Sue may not be the most accomplished writer but she never, ever lets that stop her. No spelling mistake or wrongly used word will stop Sue Bowl from losing herself in her writing. Sue's devotion to her craft even inspires her great-aunt Coral to start a writing group with her friends to help Sue with her writing, knowing that, as most NaNoWriMo participants also know, there is nothing more comforting to a writer than to be part of a community of writers.

Good luck if you're participating in NaNoWriMo this month and please share your favourite fictional writers in the comments!

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