What is NaNoWriMo?

By , November 6, 2014 2:35 pm



If you don’t know, NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month. It is a viral internet project that begins November 1st and ends November 30th each year. The objective of the project is to write a 50,000 page novel in the thirty day time span you are given. It is recommended that you write approximately 1,667 words a day in order to complete it, but you can write at your own pace if needed. Not so much a competition, NaNoWriMo is a place where fellow writers and aspiring authors can encourage one another through feedback and comments. The forums available offer a range of inspirational tips and resources, and anyone who completes creating a novel at the end of the month gets a free manuscript printed by CreateASpace.

Created by Chris Baty in 1999, the purpose of NaNoWriMo is not to create a perfect book in a mere thirty days, but to finish a book that can later be submitted for future editing and even publication. NaNoWriMo also offers a Young Writers Program that boosts creativity and writing fluency in youth age seventeen years and younger. The competing young writers are then able to set their own word count goal, and follow the process just like the initial program. Educators and teachers can also encourage the young writers by using the free classroom kits and lesson plans available on the website, or by ordering specific workbooks and Common Core guides. NaNoWriMo started with a mere 21 participants, eventually expanding into the website it is today. Nearly half a million people participated as of 2013, and I’m sure this year’s numbers will continue to grow. The program initiates motivation in potential authors, and encourages them to finish a goal that often seems too difficult to even start.

One of my main life goals is to write a novel, but I find this a long tedious process with a very low success rate. I’m constantly hitting writers block, or concentrating too much on the perfection of my sentences instead of the actual content. Writing hundreds of pages is extremely time consuming, and only those with tons of patience and impeccable time management can accomplish a task of this magnitude. Being a college student, and a busy one at that, writing a novel is more problematic than it is enjoyable. This recent discovery may be a solution to my problem.

I will definitely try to be one of those new participants this year. Despite that I haven’t quite started it yet, NaNoWriMo will definitely encourage me to get my ideas down on paper, and maybe, someday, in the future, my book will sit on the shelf along with all the other great novelists of my time.





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