With November 1st quickly approaching, it is very possible that you may have heard the term “NaNoWriMo”. For those unfamiliar with it, here’s a breakdown on just what the phrase is all about.
National Novel Writing Month, also known as NaNoWriMo, is an annual creative writing contest that is sponsored by a non-profit organization known as The Office of Letters and Light. Running the entire month of November, writers are challenged to write a 50,000-word novel in one month’s time. Sound crazy? According to NaNoWriMo, last year, there were over 165,000 participants with more than 30,000 of them completing their novel by midnight, November 30th.
NaNoWriMo begins November 1. You can go the official website here where you can learn anything you possibly want to know about the competition. You can sign up to be a participant there at anytime with writing to begin on November 1st and ending at midnight on November 30. The goal is to complete a 50,000-word novel in that timeframe.
The main focus is on quantity and not quality. So, you don’t have to spend your time worrying about editing and rewrite for the competition. The actually have a NaNoEdMo in which they spend a month long process in March specifically devoted to editing novels written during the National Novel Writing Month.
If you are interested in getting more information, check out their site . Basically, what you have to do if you want to participate in the month of crazy, frantic novel writing, is go to the website and sign up. Then check your email for an email from them, log in and set up your profile and time settings. There is also lots of community support from fellow NaNoWriMo writers that you can communicate with for inspiration, encouragement or desperation.
On November 1st, you begin writing your novel and if you write 50,000 words by midnight on November 30th, you can upload your novel to the site for official verification. Once verified you will be added to the winner’s page and receive a certificate and web badge for all your hard work!
If you’ve ever played around with the idea of writing a novel, now may be the time to start! Check out the website http://www.nanowrimo.org/ for more information!
NaNoWriMo – National Novel Writing Month
NaNoEdMo – National Novel Editing Month