November is a great month. It’s fall, the leaves are changing colors, bonfires will conveniently blow in whatever direction you’re sitting, and it’s socially acceptable to wear a hoodie almost everyday (just not the same one). It’s also National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo for short. NaNo for even shorter, because typing that out gets tiring.
NaNo was founded by Chris Baty, author of the book No Plot? No Problem! The idea is to write out an entire 50,000 word novel in thirty days, which sounds a lot easier when you remember that’s roughly 1667 words a day. You can go to nanowrimo.org to sign up and join writers from around the world. If you’re stuck, the website has forums full of people ready to help. Or maybe you just want to procrastinate and complain about how your main character refuses to act appropriately.
We’ve all been there.
At the end of NaNo, they award prizes to those that completed 50,000 words. Mostly it’s codes for discount software, and usually one self-publisher will offer to give you one free copy of your book. If you don’t cross the finish line, you still get discounts for participating. They’re a little smaller, but hey, discounts are discounts.
Join us for the next couple of Mondays for NaNo Preparation. We’ll cover the basics of what you’ll will need to survive November with your sanity mostly intact with helpful tips and plenty of worksheets to make that muse work for you.
You can find me on NaNoWriMo as Purple Penguin so feel free to add me!