Today is the start of NaNoWriMo — National Novel Writing Month!
NaNoWriMo is touted as “thirty days and nights of literary abandon!” The premise is simple. On November 1, anyone interested in writing a novel begins a novel with the goal of completing the first draft by the end of the month. More specifically:
National Novel Writing Month is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to novel writing. Participants begin writing on November 1. The goal is to write a 50,000-word (approximately 175-page) novel by 11:59:59 PM on November 30.
Here’s how it works. The novel has to be completely new, though you are allowed to write an outline before the official start of the month.
In addition to the writing goal itself, participants receive encouragement from the staff and from famous authors and can join in in a variety of meetups, virtual and in person.
I’ve signed up for NaNoWriMo for a few years now without writing a single word toward a novel. I’m interested in actually participating this year for a number of reasons.
Check in next week to find out why!
Are you signing up for NaNoWriMo?