Are you participating in NaNoWriMo? I am!
What is NaNoWriMo, you ask? Well, let me tell you…
National Novel Writing Month (often shortened to NaNoWriMo, “na-noh-ry-moh”), is an annual, Internet-based creative writing project that takes place during the month of November. NaNoWriMo challenges participants to write 50,000 words (their minimum number of words for a novel) from November 1 until the deadline at 11:59PM on November 30. The goal of NaNoWriMo is to get people writing and keep them motivated throughout the process. The website provides participants with tips for writer’s block, local places writers participating in NaNoWriMo are meeting, and an online community of support. The idea is to focus on completion instead of perfection. NaNoWriMo focuses on the length of a work rather than the quality, encouraging writers to finish their first draft so that it can later be edited at the author’s discretion. NaNoWriMo’s main goal is to encourage creativity worldwide. The project started in July 1999 with 21 participants, but by the 2010 event, over 200,000 people took part and wrote a total of over 2.8 billion words.
Writers wishing to participate first register on the project’s website, where they can post profiles and information about their novels, including synopses and excerpts. Word counts are validated on the site, with writers submitting a copy of their novel for automatic counting. Municipal leaders and regional forums help connect local writers, holding writing events and providing encouragement.
So that’s it in a blurb. How many of you readers are budding writers? Have a hard time sticking to it? Yeah, I know what you mean. I have been wanting to write a novel for awhile, but I kept telling myself, “Oh, I’ll do it during November, because that’s when NaNoWriMo is…” Well, November is almost upon me. So I signed up.
Don’t ask me what I’m writing because I have absolutely NO idea…I’m what’s called a “pantser” vs a “planner”: where a planner plans, a pantser just waits until Day One and starts. I have some ideas….a short story I want to turn into a novel, a creative nonfiction piece about my teen years (it would definitely be interesting, but I always promised my parents I would wait until they’re dead to write about them…so it only works if it’s considered “fiction” to the outside world, lol.
I have a profile up, and if you want to be my buddy turning this tumultuous month, where word counts will haunt us, feel free to add me! I kept my name the same as here on my blog, so that people could find me easily. So if you’re looking, search for TeacherofYA. That’ll be me!
So are you going to participated? Willing to take the plunge with me? Hell, what’s the worst that could happen, right? You only live once!! (I’m not going to say YOLO. I refuse).
I HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE! I’ll keep you updated on my progress (or lack thereof!) 😉