What is NaNoWriMo?
“Everyone has a book inside them,” the late Christopher Hitchens famously declared. Will your book remain hidden, or are you ready to share it with the world?
NaNoWriMo is short for National Novel Writing Month. It takes place every November and it’s your chance to let your writing light shine. With a set time to write your book, you’ll be more likely to knuckle down and get those words out of the deepest, darkest recesses of your mind and on to the page.
Your goal is the admittedly ambitious task of writing a 50,000 word novel (well, a rough draft of one) by 11:59 PM, November 30th. Breaking the mountain down into manageable daily amounts will ensure that you smash this novel writing goal.
NaNoWriMo 2013 Stats
310,095 participants started the month of November as auto mechanics, out-of-work actors, and middle school English teachers. They walked away novelists.
651 volunteer Municipal Liaisons guided 595 regions on six continents.
89,500 students and educators told their stories with the Young Writers Program.
650 libraries opened their doors to novelists through the Come Write In program.
During 2014, 55,774 Campers tackled a writing project during Camp NaNoWriMo.
How do I get involved?
You can sign up at the NaNoWriMo site and enter your novel writing area to get started. You will be able to check your word count, add more to your novel, earn badges and find motivation and inspiration to continue.
Are there any rules?
There aren’t any strict or set rules at all, so don’t beat yourself up if you don’t meet your daily, weekly or the big monthly goal. The focus is on fun and trying your best – so relax (but not too much), grab a brew and put your best writing implement forwards. Enjoy the unique focus and motivation that a global writing project brings.
Tip Tips for NaNoWriMo success
Use the tools that the NaNoWriMo website has to offer. You can track the progress of your novel with regards to word count, and be inspired and motivated by other aspiring novelists.
Some find it easier to chart out characters and plot lines on paper or a whiteboard before writing out sections on screen. Other writers prefer to be entirely digital and keep everything on their desktop or laptop.
Here’s a fun “Top Tips” video from the NaNoWriMo team from last year:
Join the conversation
You can join the crowds of would-be novelists taking part in NaNoWriMo this year by connecting on the NaNoWriMo website but also on social media.
Twitter @NaNoWriMo #NaNoWriMo2014 #NaNoWriMo
Donate to the cause
You can buy NaNoWriMo goodies and donate to the cause here and find out why your donations are so important here.
By donating to National Novel Writing Month, you help bring free creative writing programs to nearly 500,000 kids and adults in approximately 200 countries, 2,000 classrooms, 650 libraries, and 600 NaNoWriMo regions every year.
Enjoy NaNoWriMo and good luck to everyone taking part. I’d love to join you but it’s simply not possible for me this year. One of these years…! You all have my utmost admiration.
– Cara Sutra