NaNoWriMo: A Month-Long Writing Extravaganza
Are you ready to flex your writing muscles and take part in the literary challenge of the year? We’re talking about National Novel Writing Month (or NaNoWriMo for short). This online writing challenge gets participants to complete a 50,000 word novel during the month of November. Don’t feel quite ready to tackle the challenge this year? Consider brushing up on your skills by enrolling in one of Winghill Writing School’s seven courses. You’re sure to be ready for next November!
As any writer knows, we can be our own worst enemies when trying to get down to write. Be honest – how many first pages have you written without getting any further? That’s why NaNoWriMo is such a great exercise. It’s not about winning, it’s about banishing that inner editor who never lets you get any work done! It’s also about the personal satisfaction of completing the first draft of a novel in as little as a month. Most writing coaches will tell you to write first, and edit later. That’s the thinking behind NaNoWriMo. You’re not expected to finish the month with a masterpiece, and that’s okay! There will be plenty of time to edit after the month is done.
You can absolutely start preparing before November 1. Start coming up with ideas, doing research, and taking notes so that when the month starts, you’re ready to get writing! Sign up online at nanowrimo.org. Your progress will be tracked in your online profile, and you can view the progress of other writers from around the world who are typing their hearts out, just like you. Every few days, update your word count, or even post excerpts of your novel if you like.
Need some extra encouragement? You can use their online forum to connect with other NaNoWriMo-ers in your area and get together for a write in!
If you finish the goal of 50,000 words by November 30, you can upload your novel to the site for official verification. You’ll be added to their winner’s page. It’s not as difficult as you may think! Two years ago, 36,843 writers reached the goal (out of 256,618 participants). By writing about three or four pages a day, you can easily reach this goal.
What do you think? Will you be taking part in this literary challenge? Let us know in a comment!