October 20, 2011

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)

I'm not sure how many of you out there are writers as well as readers (we all try to be both, don't we?) - but I thought perhaps some of you would be interested in National Novel Writing Month. 

The month of November is National Novel Writing Month. I'm not sure how many of you are writers as well as readers, but I thought I'd mention it here in case some of you haven't heard of it, as I just discovered it last year myself. 

The concept is simple - write 50,000 words in 30 days. 
It doesn't matter how good or terrible it turns out to be
if you stick it out to the end and reach the goal, 
you are a NaNoWriMo WINNER. 
(In case you're wondering, I lost. I gave up at around 11,000 last year)

You can write about anything you want - 
Fiction, Non-Fiction, Erotica, or Victorian Romance. 
Fantasy, Steampunk, Time Travel, or Bigfoot. 
You could probably even write a 50,000 word diary,
if that's what you will stay motivated to complete. 

It runs off the honor system, largely.
On the WEBSITE there is a place to input information about your 'novel'
and keep track of your word count progress.

You are thrown into a regional category
everyone in your area competes against people in other areas 
for the biggest word count -- No pressure ;-)

I will probably sign up to participate again this year, though I may set my personal goal a lot lower than 50,000 in 30 days. I have a full-time job this year, but still want to take part in this great program. I hope that some of you will consider taking part in any way you can as well. If you sign up, we can be NaNoWriMo buddies!

It begins November 1st (about 1,666 words a day, an omen of the difficulty of finishing right there!), so get brainstorming!!


Lia said...

Every year I try, and every year I fail . . . =(

Emma said...

That's alright, Lia. Me too...we can fail together this year...unless you win! :-)