With November fast approaching I thought it was about time I got my act together and started getting organised for this year’s NaNo attempt. So far said preparation isn’t going too well – but that’s because I can’t choose between two very different story ideas, so I’m doing a story ARC for both currently and hoping to choose one definitely prior to November 1.
For those who aren’t aware, NaNoWrimo, otherwise known as National Novel Writing Month, is a free challenge run every November where by participants challenge themselves to write a 50 000 word story in the space of 30 days. It averages out to be roughly 1667 words a day, which isn’t as scary sounding! While people tend to focus on the daily word goal, the main goal of the challenge is not only to get people writing, but to finish something as well. A point that is often forgotten in the mad panic to get one’s word count. I know I forget it just about every year!
If your thinking of joining in the crazy fun this year there’s only a couple of things you need to be aware of:
*The challenge runs from November 1st to November 30th. With winning validation starting from the 20th.
*The goal is to get a story from your head onto the page and the challenges only requirement is that you write. You are not to edit, or worry about grammar or anything but getting the words done. The rest is done in revisions at a later stage. November = writing words and that’s it.
*There are a number of well know books written during NaNo that after much editing, have been published! Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles were conceived during NaNo, as were some of Helene Young’s novels, and Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen is another. Other notable books include: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, Wool by Hugh Howey, Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell and the list goes on and on.
But mostly it’s a lot of fun. Completely free (with the option to donate to a fantastic cause where all money goes towards and you recieve weekly pep talks from some of the biggest names in the industry!
If your on the fence still, go and check out the NaNoWriMo website and join in the fun.
If you are participating this year, leave your username below in the comments and I’ll add you as a buddy on the site 🙂