Today is day 6 into National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). It’s my 3rd day taking part…Yes I started late. Don’t look at me like that. I’m trying to catch up this weekend, I swear! I’m not procrastinating by writing a blog post about NaNoWriMo I promise…
What is NaNoWriMo do you ask?
It’s an annual writing project that takes place every November and it encourages writers to write a ‘novel’ (50’000 words) during the month of November. Examples of books that are around 50’000 words long include The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy and The Great Gatsby
Writers participating in NaNoWri have until 11:59 pm on November 30th to complete the challenge.
The goal of it is to get people writing. Because of the sheer amount of writing you must get done in a short space of time you don’t have time to listen to the voice in the back of your head telling you that you can’t do it.
So many people love the idea of writing a novel. It’s so easy to say to yourself,
“I’ll start it tomorrow.”
“I’m busy right now, I think in a month I’ll get started on it when things settle” etc..
With NaNoWriMo you can’t do that. You take the month of November by the literary horns and crack on. It’s a month to get the guts of your ideas onto paper. Once you hit the word count at the end of November you have a first draft of a novel. How amazing is that? It will be a very unpolished first draft, you don’t have time to edit and that’s okay. Not having to worry about sprucing up your words or checking on your punctuation and grammar gives writers the sheer utter joy and freedom that goes into writing.
The project was started in July 1999 by writer Chris Beatty. It started off with only 21 participants in San Francisco. It was later moved to November (to make use of the miserable weather) which is a fantastic idea. By 2013 there were over 300’000 writers taking part in the project.
Around 100 NaNoWriMo novels have been published through well known published houses. Yours could be the next.
Are you taking part?
How is your novel coming along?
Let me know how you are getting along in NaNoWriMo 🙂