"Are you doing NaNoWriMo this year?" That’s a question I’ve been seeing all over social media, in writer’s groups and anywhere else writers might hang out.
If you don’t know what “NaNoWriMo” is, it stands for “National Novel Writing Month.” During the month of November, participants strive to write a 50,000 word novel in only 30 days! There is a website that offers a place where participants can register and log their daily word count. Writers can hang out in forums, read inspirational articles from famous writers, participate in various mini-challenges, buy merchandise, or even meet up with local writers in person!
Not only is NaNoWriMo a lot of fun, but it is incredibly helpful for writers. Even if you don’t “win” NaNoWriMo by completing 50,000 words in 30 days, or even if your novel is not nearly complete once your 50,000 words are written, you can still celebrate the progress you’ve made.
NaNoWriMo isn’t just for published authors. Anyone can participate! It’s totally free (though, you can donate if you’d like) and all you need is a computer, or a pen and paper. Heck, you can even write your novel on a stack of napkins. As long as you write something, you can enjoy National Novel Writing Month.
If you’re one of the millions of people out there who have thought about writing a novel, this is your chance! NaNoWriMo is the perfect opportunity for you to get started. You never know – the story you pen this November might end up being published. And, even if you don’t finish your NaNo novel, that’s okay! As long as you have fun, that’s all that matters.