With the first of November upon us, writers everywhere have stockpiled food and bid farewell to their family and friends as they hole up in their writing caves until December 1. November is National Novel Writing Month, also known as NaNoWriMo, an annual internet-based creative writing event that challenges participants to write a new 50,000-word novel in thirty days.
The project was founded by Chris Baty in 1999 with twenty-one participants, and the official NaNoWriMo website was launched the following year. The number of registered participants has grown steadily every year, and the affiliate Young Writers Program and official podcast were developed in 2005. In 2010, over 200,000 writers registered for the challenge, and nearly three billion new words were written. A summer version of NaNoWriMo (Camp NaNoWriMo) was introduced in 2011.
The novel can be on any theme and in any genre. However, it cannot be a project already in progress. Writing of the new novel cannot have commenced prior to midnight on November 1, and the 50,000-word mark must be reached by 11:59 p.m. on November 30.
While I’m not working on a new novel during NaNoWriMo, I am committed to writing twenty-seven new pages of my developing novel or approximately 6,700 new words—not bad for a writer with a full-time day job.
For a comprehensive list of FAQs and guidelines, visit the website at www.nanowrimo.org.
Have fun, and good luck!