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November Is National Novel Writing Month – Are You Ready?

November Is National Novel Writing Month - Are You Ready?

Are you ready for the challenge

Around this time of year, I find myself thinking about the “National Novel Writing Month” – often referred to  “NaNoWriMo” A creative writing challenge, held during the month of November. This year will mark their eighteenth anniversary.  It is a challenge that has intrigued me for many years. One I hope to do in the near future when I am not overwhelmed with trying to get my debut novel published.

What is NaNoWriMo

“NaNoWriMo” is the largest non-profit writing event in the world, with an expected 500,000 participants this year from around the globe. With its simple guidelines, it challenges anyone to write a 50,000-word novel in thirty days. Beginning November 1st and ending midnight November 30th. If you have ever wondered if you could write a novel, this is the place to find out.

Anyone that completes the task is classified as a winner. Last year they had 40,000 winners out of 450,000 entries.

The History of National Novel Writing Month

“NaNoWriMo” was started by Chris Baty in 1999 in the San Francisco Bay area,  with twenty-one participants. In 2000 it was moved to the month of November, to take advantage of the miserable weather.One-hundred-forty participants signed up, including some from other countries. The following year it had grown to five-thousand participants and has grown substantially every year.


November Is National Novel Writing Month - Are You Ready?


Why do NaNoWriMo

Self-gratification – The ultimate reward you are given for completing a novel within thirty days. Wow! what an accomplishment that is. You began the process and persevered. Sticking to the goal and actually succeeding.

A learning curve – Registering to participate in “NaNoWriMo” gives you access to their website and forums. A platform of endless information. You will learn what it takes to write a novel, meet other participants. You will be able to ask questions, learn how to create characters for your story, how to build plots and experiment with different writing techniques.

Setting goals and not quitting – “NaNoWriMo” teaches much more than writing a book in thirty days. Once you have signed up to take on the challenge, you are now committed. It’s time to learn the value of a commitment, set some goals and do whatever it takes to achieve them. This takes discipline, determination, sometimes a shove, but in order to be successful, you have to be driven.  These are all valuable lesson we can take with us after the challenge has ended and use them to our advantage throughout our lives. At our job, with our kids, starting a business or for our own self-worth.

Do people cheat

The organization takes no precautions to prevent cheating since the only reward is to finish the novel. Sure you can cheat, but why would you? You would be defeating the whole purpose of the challenge. There is no gratification in cheating, you would just be cheating yourself.

November Is National Novel Writing Month - Are You Ready?

What does it cost and do I need to register

It costs nothing to take on the challenge, but you do have to register. Registration is easy and can be done on their website. NaNoWriMo .

You can also follow them on these social media sites

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/nanowrimo

Twitter: https://twitter.com/nanowrimo

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nanowrimo/

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/lettersandlightvideo

Tumblr: http://blog.nanowrimo.org

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/nanowrimo/


Books to help you with the challenge

November Is National Novel Writing Month - Are You Ready?
Written by the founder Chris Baty. Click Image to buy from Amazon


November Is National Novel Writing Month - Are You Ready?
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November Is National Novel Writing Month - Are You Ready?
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Good Luck!

If you decide to sign up and take on the challenge of writing a novel in thirty days, I wish you the best of luck. Please let me know how you do. Happy Writing!


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27 thoughts on “November Is National Novel Writing Month – Are You Ready?”

  1. I am hoping to take part, but I am so not ready! I wanted to have an outline written up since I have tried to pen this particularly story on several occasions already. XD

  2. Part of me wants to join this challenge. I’ve written novels and then locked them away. Too worried that no one will see them as being worth the time. That, and I tend to over-criticize my own works and re-edit them to pieces…

    1. It does take courage to make your book public. Guaranteed but Let yourself own the fear, not the fear own you. I was like this for many years and still fight the demons. I hope someday you will embark on the journey and take the writing challenge. Good luck!

  3. I love this time of year! I’ve always wanted to try this writing challenge but could never finish or stay on track, unfortunately. I think this year, I’m going to work on completing smaller stories and focus on making a collection. I think that’d be more attainable for me!

  4. I’ve been a NaNoWriMo participant and supporter for a number of years and always enjoyed the challenge of churning out 20k+ words. I always completed the challenge. It has helped me create content for a family memoir and it’s only in the last two years that I didn’t participate for health reasons. I would recommend it to every budding writer.

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