Every November, several hundred thousand writers participate in a frenzied writing challenge, National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), where they seek to create a 50,000-word novel in just 30 days.
Here’s a bit about the history of the contest:
National Novel Writing Month was started in 1999 by creator and former executive director Chris Baty, who thought it’d be fun to have a group of 21 friends try to write a novel in 30 days. Since then, it’s become a full-fledged non-profit venture that encourages people to write.
In 2015, 431,626 participants walked away as novelists. Over 250 NaNo novels have been signed and traditionally published including a couple you might recognize:
Seriously, you need to check these out.
Perks of Joining:
Web badges, bragging rights, camaderie with some of the best people you’ll never know (unless you try!), write-ins, write-a-thons, word challenges, free license to drink as much caffeine in a month as you want, pre-launch and wrap-up parties, contests, writing tools, games, discounts to great products, and international fame and eternal glory (well… maybe not the last two just yet.)
I love me some pep talks! Some of my personal favorites are from authors I love like Neil Gaiman, Erin Morgenstern, Gail Carson Levine, Robin McKinley and Mercedes Lackey. Check out who they’ve lined up this year, or the archives for more great talks.
So, what now?
Check the National Novel Writing Month section of my blog for details about this year’s project, word counts, challenges, setbacks and (hopefully) triumphs. You can also find details about previous years’ attempts.
If you’re participating in this challenge too, drop me a line and I’ll friend you over at NaNoWriMo.org. Be my writing buddy.
Happy writing everyone!
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Considering Scrivener for your NaNoWriMo adventure?
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