Are you ready?
National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), either you love it or you hate it. NaNoWriMo is an annual creative writing challenge. It challenges participants to write 50,000 words of a new novel from November 1 until the deadline at 11:59PM on November 30. So approximately 1,667 words per day. The goal of NaNoWriMo is to get people writing and keep them motivated throughout the process. It turns what is a lonely “some day” project to a social, fun, and interactive activity. Several NaNo novels have been edited and published. Several NaNo novels are awful but the key concept of shared creative mutually-supportive fun is one that almost everyone who participates enjoys.
According to Wikipedia:
Since 2006, roughly 100 NaNoWriMo novels have been published via traditional publishing houses. Many more have been published by smaller presses or self-published. Some notable titles include:
- Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen, published by Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
- The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, published by Doubleday
- Persistence of Memory by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes, published by Delacorte Press
- Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, published by St. Martin’s Press
- Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins, published by Dutton Juvenile
- The Darwin Elevator by Jason M. Hough, published by Del Ray Books
A pretty impressive list.
So far, the vast majority of the Cat Vacuuming Society Writing Group of Northern Virginia (say that fast 3 times) will be participating in some way. No, not all of us can or will complete a novel, but the idea of committing the month to rededicating ourselves to writing, and using the enthusiasm of NaNoWriMo as a boost is too tempting to ignore.
Rather than just troll the Internet, I decided to go straight to the source – the NaNoWriMo website. Below is their collection of lovely short articles for Preparing for NaNo Success. They’re a quick read and should get everyone off to a great start.
Preparing for NaNo Success
- What You Should Have In Your NaNo Emergency Kit, Teri Brown
- How to Schedule Time for Writing, Chris Baty
- 5 Tips for Getting Your NaNo-novel Started, Nathan Bransford
- 6 Tips to Finish a First Draft, Kristyn Kusek Lewis and Daniel Wallace
- The Dangers of Over-Planning, Chris Baty
- How Much Research Is Too Much?, Christa Desir
So…let’s do this! Good luck, everyone.