It’s almost here! What is, you may ask. NaNoWriMo! Okay…enough with the exclamation points.
So what is NaNoWriMo? Well, directly from their website:
National Novel Writing Month
is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to novel writing. Participants begin writing on November 1. The goal is to write a 50,000-word (approximately 175-page) novel by 11:59:59 PM on November 30.
Valuing enthusiasm and perseverance over painstaking craft, NaNoWriMo is a novel-writing program for everyone who has thought fleetingly about writing a novel but has been scared away by the time and effort involved.
As you spend November writing, you can draw comfort from the fact that, all around the world, other National Novel Writing Month participants are going through the same joys and sorrows of producing the Great Frantic Novel. Wrimos meet throughout the month to offer encouragement, commiseration, and—when the thing is done—the kind of raucous celebrations that tend to frighten animals and small children.
In 2011, we had 256,618 participants and 36,843 of them crossed the 50K finish line by the midnight deadline, entering into the annals of NaNoWriMo superstardom forever. They started the month as auto mechanics, out-of-work actors, and middle school English teachers. They walked away novelists.
So, that’s what it is. Any interested writers out there? This is just post one of the many. I will continue to write more about it as the clock winds down.
I have my own plans that are different from last year’s. I will be sharing my NaNoWriMo experience with my audience…but more about that next time…
Enjoy. And NaNoWriMo.