I'm bringing you this special blog post to let you know that NANOWRIMO IS HERE! If you didn't know already, NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month. During the entire month of November, writers from all over the world try to pump out a 50,000 word book. No, not a perfect draft, but something that could become the makings of a strong full length novel or something else altogether.
Here's what NaNoWriMo says about the process:
National Novel Writing Month began in 1999 as a daunting but straightforward challenge: to write 50,000 words of a novel in thirty days. Now, each year on November 1, hundreds of thousands of people around the world begin to write, determined to end the month with 50,000 words of a brand new novel. They enter the month as elementary school teachers, mechanics, or stay-at-home parents. They leave novelists.
NaNoWriMo officially became a nonprofit organization in 2006, and our programs support writing fluency and education. Our website hosts more than a million writers, serving as a social network with author profiles, personal project libraries, and writing buddies. NaNoWriMo tracks words for writers like Fitbit tracks steps, and hosts real-world writing events in cities from Mexico City, to Seoul, to Milwaukee with the help of 900+ volunteers in thousands of partnering libraries and community centers like… well, like nothing else.
NaNoWriMo is internet-famous. It’s community-powered (hello, Wrimos!). It’s hosted authors drafting novels like Water for Elephants, WOOL, and Fangirl. It’s a teaching tool and curriculum taught in 5,920 classrooms, and NaNoWriMo’s programs run year-round.
Whatever you thought NaNoWriMo is, it’s more than that.
I've decided to take part of NaNoWriMo this year and write a 65,000-word fantasy novel (yes, that's over the 50,000 word goal) in order to have something to share with you all in the new year. So, if you're a writer and interested in taking part in this, take a look at their site and support them with donations!
There's also a program for young writers as well if you want to bring your kids into the fun too. Learn about that here. Good luck to those participating and I'll be updating my progress throughout the month on Facebook and Twitter.
My regular blog post will be post Tuesday, so don't miss it! Thanks for reading!
NaNoWriMo is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that believes in the transformational power of creativity. We provide the structure, community, and encouragement to help people find their voices, achieve creative goals, and build new worlds—on and off the page.
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