What is NaNoWriMo?
Do you realize we are only 19 days away from National Novel Writing Month? I hope you’re all making plans — sharpening your pencils, stocking your freezer, booking daycare for your kids and inventing business trips for your spouses.
Because you’re gonna write a book in a month!
If you haven’t done NaNoWriMo yet, I recommend you get on the stick and start preparing. You’ve GOT to. First time novelists, multi-published authors, everyone. Let’s do this thing.
So what is NaNoWriMo?
Simply: You and thousands of your writer-friends around the world will support each other and cheer each other on as you each write 50,000 words of your novel in the month of November. Remember, if you’re shooting for traditional publication, then your novel need 85-100k words, so simply write the first 50k during NaNoWriMo. Then December will hit, the holidays will be upon us, and we all know you won’t get back to the novel until 2012. But at least you’re halfway through it! However, if you’re doing a self-pub e-book or category fiction, 50,000 words might be just right.
Go to NaNoWriMo to sign up.
When you do, you’ll be able to:
- Plan your novel.
- Join a local group of writers and attend in person writing events.
- Receive online encouragement from staff and published authors.
- Access a worldwide community of writers in our online forums.
You also track your word count online… and when you hit the 50k mark, BADA BOOM, you are a WINNER!
The challenge begins at midnight on November 1st (local time wherever you are), and ends on 11:59:59 local time November 30.
There are forums on the NaNoWriMo site for quick help with research and plot ideas. Wrimos (that’s you) can ask questions and get answers about your novel, about NaNo itself, or about nearly anything. The forums are a culture unto themselves. (Sounds to me like just one more way to procrastinate and get sucked into social media, but whatever.)
Do you need a goal? Do you need some discipline in your writing life? Do you need support and encouragement? Do you want your family to forevermore DREAD the arrival of November?
Then NaNoWriMo is for you!
Here’s something cool. If you do the math, you’ll see that if you write every day except Sundays in the month of November, then you only have to write 1,923.07 words per day to make your NaNoWriMo goal. Cake!
Standard agent disclaimer: DON’T YOU DARE send out that manuscript to agents on December 1. You and I know that a first draft written in 30 days is not ready for prime time. NaNoWriMo is for the purpose of writing a first draft. Take your time and make it good before submitting.