Although it sounds like some sort of anime creature like Domo or Pikachu, NaNoWriMo is nothing of the sort. National November Writing Month is a chance for writers to hold a writing marathon. The goal? To craft a 50,000 word novel in 30 days.
Here is the directive straight from NaNoWriMo’s site:
What: Writing one 50,000-word novel from scratch in a month’s time.
Who: You! We can’t do this unless we have some other people trying it as well. Let’s write laughably awful yet lengthy prose together.
Why: The reasons are endless! To actively participate in one of our era’s most enchanting art forms! To write without having to obsess over quality. To be able to make obscure references to passages from our novels at parties. To be able to mock real novelists who dawdle on and on, taking far longer than 30 days to produce their work.
When: You can sign up anytime to add your name to the roster and browse the forums. Writing begins November 1. To be added to the official list of winners, you must reach the 50,000-word mark by November 30 at midnight. Once your novel has been verified by our web-based team of robotic word counters, the partying begins.
So, who’s in for this year? If you are a planner and a plotter then now is a good time to start daydreaming up a few scenarios and characters. If you take a more flowing approach, as in writing as you go, you still might want to have a few ideas tumbling around before the start date.
For all you word quota people out there, myself included, 50,000 words in 30 days equals about 1,666 words a day.
This is a great chance to let out that pent-up idea and get a nifty blog badge as well. Let me know if you’re in. For now, I am willing to give it my best shot. As the old saying goes; nothing ventured, nothing gained.