Last year I commented on NaNoWriMo but I wasn’t in a place to work on it myself. Unfortunately, that’s the same story this year. I am 100% focused on getting my book finished and published so this year’s event is just not in the cards for me.
What is NaNoWriMo?? Well, I am glad you asked.
NaNoWriMo is just basically an exercise for fledgling authors every where. Actually, that’s not completely true. Any writers can participate, whether it’s your first book or your fourteenth book. It’s open to everyone. You go to http://www.nanowrimo.org/en and sign up before November 1st.
Once November 1st hits, you start writing like a maniac. You can go onto your profile and update your progress along the way. The goal is to hit 50,000 words by midnight local time.
Between November 25th and November 30th, you can upload your completed novel to their site for word count validation and if you hit the goal mark legitimately (I am guessing word count does not include title pages and such – just the body of the book), you get a super pretty certificate, a badge to put up on your website and your name goes up on the NaNoWriMo winners page.
The way the people that organize this event approach it is perfect and simple. As long as you try, you’re still stepping up and taking the challenge. It’s more of a project than a competition as nobody wins over anyone else. You’re challenging yourself rather than competing against fellow writers. Therefore, the whole thing is VERY friendly and drama free.
So if you’ve been toying with the idea of writing a novel (or ANOTHER novel in some cases), go for it! Get signed up. You have 22 more days to brainstorm your plot line!