In case you are like me and wonder what the heck this “NaNoWriMo” means, it is National Novel Writing Month. They just made a cute little anagram of it that sounds like a ditzy little robot. If you do know what it is, you probably won’t want to read all this post, because you probably already know the details which I plan on explaining and advocating.
As I said NanoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month and it is pretty awesome, because it’s not just a time to write your novel in 30 days, it’s a community. You can join other writers at their website and discuss your novel, offer/receive support, and keep up with your word count. You might think that a novel written in a month would be pretty crappy, but The Night Circus and Water for Elephants are both products of NanoWriMo. Actually, over 250 novels produced by writers of NaNoWriMo have been traditionally published (or at least that’s what their website says).
Personally, I think it’s great motivation for writing that book that you’ve got knocking around in your noggin. All you have to do is sign up online, write 50,000 words, submit it to their website, and receive what they call goodies for participating. And even if you don’t make it, you are a few words closer to finishing your own novel.
Surprisingly this has been going on since 1999, and I’m just now hearing about it. Or if I heard about it, I didn’t realize it.
So come on, the world needs more writers! Plus, I’m going to be participating and if that isn’t motivation, I don’t know what is!
Sign up now: NaNoWriMo Homepage