It is that time of the year again! No – not early Christmas (although in several group chats I have already put Christmas emoji’s next to my name). It’s time for NaNoWriMo – where authors all around the globe band together to attempt to write a novel in one month and think to ourselves “Why the fuck did we sign up for this?”
I know what you may be thinking – what the shit is NaNoWriMo. Well from the picture I have above you can read that it is National Novel Writing Month. But I will go more into this down below!
Taken from their website, nanowrimo.org, “National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing.” I will admit, it is a TON of fun. But it is also very, very stressful. There are some who plan it out chapter-by-chapter line-by-line, and others who just wing it and let the story flow as your writing.
NaNoWriMo starts on November 1st and goes until 11:59PM on November 30th. In that period of time, you are challenged to write a 50,000-word novel. Some write more than 50,000 words of course and some finish mid-month. Some people will be staying up all night the last week of the month to crank out a couple thousand words a night to make sure you get 50,000 by the end of the month.
It is entirely possible to make it happen. The website gives you a lovely suggestion of 2,555 words a day or something along those lines. If you write that amount every day you will be able to get to the goal by the end of the month. It’s not required, of course, write to your own pace!
Another thing that you all must be wondering – what happens if we win?! You’re left with an awesome novel, either one that you have started and finished all in one or one that you are going to continue on after the month is over. And you get a neat certificate and badge for your profile showing that you actually finished.
You get extra badges if you have buddies, so feel free to buddy me! As you can see the only year I’ve managed to win in 2013 when I was a senior in high school. I figure now that I’m a senior in college I might be able to win again.
I’m going to keep you updated weekly on my blog with my progress and how much of my hair I’ve pulled out. Thankfully I’m entering with a solid idea of what I want to do with the story rather than going in and totally winging it.
Are you going to enter NaNoWriMo? What advice do you have for others? Sound off below. Until next week!