NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month, is every November. The basic premise is to get you to write a novel in 30 days. It’s a challenge to yourself to actually try something you’ve never done before, to push yourself and accomplish a lifelong dream.
I’ve attempted NaNo three times, “winning” the last two attempts. And by winning, all that means is I’ve hit the goal of 50,000 words by the stroke of midnight on November 30th. That’s all the challenge is, write at least a 50k novel within 30 days. That equates to just over 1,600 words per day. When broken down like that, it’s much easier to digest.
Anyone can participate and there is no cost (other than time and maybe sleep) to be involved. And no one has to read what you write, so there’s no need to worry that your family and friends might actually see into the deep, dark realm of your inner conscience.
I encourage all of you who’ve had the least bit of interest in writing to give it a go, you never know what you’ll accomplish without trying. It’s a fun time. Before you know it, you’ll be obsessing over your story, worrying how to get your protagonist to do what they need to do and anxiously awaiting the time of day when you can be alone with your words. Or be terrified that you have over 1,600 words to write that day!
Sign up at nanowrimo.org. See ya Nov. 1st!