Many of you may know that November is National Novel Writing Month, colloquially known as NaNoWriMo. NaNoWriMo is a time in which all writes are encouraged to write that novel they have been putting off. The typical word goal for NaNoWriMo is at least 50,000 words to be written during the month of November.
Since it is National Novel Writing Month the goal is for all the writing to be done on one piece, but realistically this writing can take any form. You could write short stories, letters, diaries, poetry, or anything you like.
There is a nifty website at https://nanowrimo.org where you can create a profile to track your word count (and measure it against other writers). Of course, you don’t have to sign up to write 50,000 words on your own time, but it is good fun to do so.
There is also a community on this site where you can talk with other writers and encourage each other. The site also has fun and engaging projects. There are “Write-ins” which seem to be meets ups where authors can write together and socialize, there are live stream events, and something called a NaNo Sprint which are timed events to encourage you to spike your word count.
This site also has sponsors and publishers waiting to take a look at the writing that emerges from this month.
The most important thing to remember about NaNoWriMo is that you shouldn’t be discouraged if you can’t reach your word goal. Your life doesn’t go on hold because its November. I personally have never met the word goal in all my attempts. So, don’t feel guilty! However, even if you only write slightly more than you would otherwise. Or even if you just end up dedicating more time to thinking about your novel than usual. You still have done more than you might have otherwise. Most importantly, if you do decide to participate in have fun. Writing your novel shouldn’t stress you out and you should never feel pressured to write. NaNoWriMo is not supposed to cause anxiety. It is supposed to be a positive push. Are you going to participate? You have nothing to lose, so give it a try!
And then have fun trying to edit all your new 50,000 words over the winter holidays.
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