Welcome to November—or, as some of us like to call it, NaNoWriMo! Translation? National Novel Writing Month. It’s one month of the year that you can find an excise to set aside your excuses and write an entire novel. It may sound like a lot, but never fear! There are lots of resources to help get you started and support you for the next thirty days.
National Novel Writing Month even has its own website, which declares that November 1st-31st is “Thirty days and nights of literary abandon!” For those of us that have a hard time finding the time to write creatively, this seems like a great way to finally take control and give novel writing a shot.
The website offers the opportunity to write a complete novel in one month, allows you to track your progress, provides pep talks and support, and lets you meet fellow writers online and in person. After you sign up for an account, you’ll be able to fill out a profile on yourself and your prospective novel, read through advice and stories, and interact with other users.
The ultimate goal is to complete a 50,000-word novel (or longer) by midnight on November 30th. You can update your word count daily and connect with other local writers if you want. You can write on your own, or create writing groups to meet with. NaNoWriMo even allows you to upload excerpts from your in-progress novel to get feedback.
When you’re finished, you can upload the full novel for verification that you completed on time. If you do, you’ll get a winner’s certificate, be added to the “Winner’s Page,” and receive a web badge. That’s it!
There are only a few rules they ask you to follow: your novel must be at least 50,000 words and complete by November 30th, you must start from scratch, you should be the sole author, and you can’t just write one word 50,000 times (duh).
So, are you up for the challenge?