Image courtesy of National Novel Writing Month.
Never heard of National Novel Writing Month or NaNoWriMo? Well now you have! National Novel Writing Month is an annual internet-based creative writing project that takes place during the month of November. That’s right, next month!
I thought I would bring attention to this because well, NaNoWriMo has a lot of resources and tools for people getting into writing, have written a novel, or anyone who has even thought about writing a novel. Also it’s fun even if you don’t finish your project, it’s like a sprint to the finish if you will, why? Here is why:
On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30. That’s right guys a novel in a month, 50,000 words seems pretty daunting right? Really though it’s actually not.
NaNoWriMo gives you access to writers in your area, forums that include other participants, meetups, writing tools including goals for each day to make it to 50,000 words (even if you start late), and prizes that include publishing deals, eBooks, and many other prizes (for that extra motivation).
Sounds like fun right, but wait. Maybe you read this and go that’s all fine and dandy, but NaNoWriMo is not right for me.
Well here are a few reasons why you should attempt NaNoWriMo this year:
- It’s motivating, fun, inspiring, and an out of the box experience. It gives you a goal, it gives you an opportunity to make friends with others both on the website itself, in person, and on twitter (which they do in fact utilize), and hey maybe you get a novel out of it!
- It’s a push to write without stopping to edit. As I’ve mentioned in my previous post, not stopping to edit is something I sometimes forget, but with NaNoWriMo you feel the pressure, the push, the little voice in your head saying I’ve only got thirty days!
- Wonderful pep talks. When you sign up, throughout the month of November you get inspirational letters written by well-known authors. You can see who is writing them this year here.
- Even if you don’t finish it’s no sweat. Well you tried. Maybe the baby kept crying when you were writing, maybe you were called into work every time you wanted to write, life happened, or hey maybe you just couldn’t bring yourself to write. That’s okay. The important thing is you tried and even after NaNoWriMo is over, you can still keep trying and at your own pace so it’s no sweat. However, you still shouldn’t stop and edit before you finish your first draft. (;
- Prizes, and this year it’s pretty good. You don’t even have to finish to get some of these prizes which include 50% off some really nice writing software, publishing deals as previously mentioned, free eBooks, and more. You can check these offers out here.
- Why not? No really why not? You sign up and you write. Maybe you finish and maybe you don’t, but why not try? If you need support, I’m here.
This year I’m participating with my boyfriend. Who are you going to be participating with? Online friends, family, or by yourself? I’d like to hear from you. Comment or send me a tweet. @
As always if you have any questions that need answers about writing ask in the comments or on Twitter. @