For those of you who aren’t aware of NaNoWriMo, it’s simply a shortened version of National Novel Writing Month, which takes place every November. There is also something similar, part of the same organisation, that takes place in April and July called Camp NaNo, but for this post we’re just focusing on NaNoWriMo.
It’s a time of year that, certainly in the northern hemisphere is starting to get dark, and we are all turning inward into our homes more. So what a perfect time to write?
NaNoWriMo is writing 50,000 words in a month. The website and graphics may change every year, but it is simply put the way of each day managing around 1600 words of a book, or some type of writing you want to put your pen to, and eventually winning the goal of 50,000 words by the last day of November.
I’ve tried it quite a few times over the years, but only managed to win it once. This year I’m considering writing a children’s book.
NaNoWriMo, which is a nonprofit organisation, was set up originally back in 1999. These days, over 2 decades later, hundreds of thousands of people join up to the challenge on the website, and can chat virtually with others also taking up the challenge. You can also find regions nearby who may set-up live write-ins.
It’s a lot more than just a writing goal (although as this, it’s certainly got a lot to offer). You can track your writing each day, and certainly with many regional groups now on social media, as well as being able to chat in the forums, you can be sure that you’ll find people who support you in your writing goals.
It’s ok too if you don’t manage the 50,000 words. If you’re set to join in on the writing, every word you write is amazing, and one step closer to your goal of being an author/published writer.
As mentioned above, I’ll be joining in with the writing goal of 50,000, but I know that however much I write is perfect.
Anyone else up for starting NaNoWriMo, but not sure where to start – I say, check out the website first and maybe join your local region of Wrimos (those writing for NaNoWriMo).
I’ll let you know how my NaNoWriMo journey is going next month!
Keep it kandid,