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October 25, 2012

NaNoWriMo – What Is It And Why Participate?

What Is NaNoWriMo?

The Month of November may be tied to Movember (non-folically challenged men grow beards to collect for prostate cancer), but it also has another purpose. For many, November  is NaNoWriMo month.

http://www.nanowrimo.org

From November 1st to 30th National Novel Writing Month participants will write in a fury to finish a novel in 30 days. The goal is to write 50,000 words by month’s end, a solid first draft.

Why Participate in NaNoWriMo?

You may have heard the saying “there is a novel in all of us”. For some, there is an unwritten library. NaNoWriMo supports participant to focus on writing for thirty days to start, stick with it and finish their novel.

NaNoWriMo is not about creating a literary masterpiece. Its focus is to complete the first draft by the 30th day (roughly 50,000 words). There are a million unfinished novels in the world. Let yours not be one of them.

On twitter use hashtag #NaNoWriMo and follow @NaNoWriMo.  There are organized local gatherings to meet and write together. When attending meeting I offer only one word of warning.  As with any writers group, some people talk instead of write. Writing is not the same as telling everyone your story. Discuss, ask for feedback, but do not tell your story, write it.

How To Participate in NaNoWriMo if You Are Not Writing a Book?
Are you not writing a novel?  Don’t let that stop you from participating? We are all writers, and writing comes in many forms. Use this time and guidance to:

• Write 4 short stories in 30 days
• Write 4 White Papers in 30 days
• Write 30 blog posts in 30 days
• Write 15 articles in 30 days
• Write 30 poems in 30 days

Let’s support each other so that we all win.