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Once again, National Novel Writing Month is upon us — November.
National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to novel writing. Paticipants begin writing November 1. The goal is to write a 175-page (50,000 word) novel by midnight, November 30.
Valuing enthusisam and perseverence over painstaking craft, NaNoWriMo is a novel-writing program for everyone who has thought fleetingly about writing a novel, but has been scared away by the time and effort involved.
Because of the limited writing window, the ONLY thing that matters in NaNoWriMo is output. It’s all about quantity, not quality. The kamikaze approach forces you to lower your expectations, take risks, and write on the fly.
Make no mistake, say the folks at NaNoWriMo — you will be writing a lot of [junk] — and that’s a good thing. By forcing yourself to write so intensely, you are giving yourself permission to make mistakes. To forego the endless tweaking and editing and just create. To build without tearing down.
As you spend November writing, you can draw comfort from the fact that, all around the world, other National Novel Writing Month participants are going through the same joys and sorrows of producing the Great Frantic Novel. Wrimos meet throughout the month to offer encouragement, comiseration and — when the thing is done — “the kind of raucous celebrations that tend to frighten animals and small children.”
In 2007, they had over 100,000 participants. More than 15,000 of them crossed the 50k finish line by the midnight deadline, entering into the annals of NaNoWriMo superstardom forever. They started the month as auto mechanics, out-of-work actors, and middle school English teachers. They walked away novelists.
- WHAT: Writing one 50,000 word novel from scratch in a month’s time.
- WHO: You.
- WHY: The reasons are endless!
- 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 their web-based team or robotic word-counters, the partying begins.
Visit http://www.nanowrimo.org/. And notice — info is also available in Francais, Nederlands, Deutsch, Espanol.
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