NaNoWriMo: What Is It?


It’s October 1st!

For some, that’s just a typical start to another month. For others, like myself, when October 1st rolls around it starts a countdown to November. What happens in November, you ask?

National Novel Writing Month. It is otherwise known as NaNoWriMo for short. NaNoWriMo is a month long challenge in November to write a novel, but not just any sort of novel; it is a chance to write 50,000 words in 30 days. It seems like a lot of work, doesn’t it?

It is definitely a challenge, but it seems to grow continuously each and every year. In 2015 alone about 431,626 people took the pledge to write their butts off in an attempt to hit that 50,000 goal. This includes about 80,137 students and teachers that have joined in, opting for a program known as the Young Writers Program.

NaNoWriMo is a non-profit organization with the focus on teaching school aged children how to write; a skill that is highly valued in today’s society, and may birth the next generation of classic literature.

So what does NaNoWriMo entail?

Simple enough, really. NaNoWriMo starts on November 1st. Writers from around the globe put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard, etc.) in an attempt to write 50,000 words in 30 days. The rules are pretty simple to follow, too. You start a novel from scratch, and write at least 1,667 words per day in 30 days in order to reach your goal. All genres are welcome from fiction to non-fiction, and there isn’t a need to plug your novel into the main website until it is time to verify your win.


Go check out the website NaNoWriMo for more information.

As for me? I will be over here, prepping for another go at NaNoWriMo in November. So much to do, so little time left. Hope to see you there!


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