National Novel Writing Month
By Nancy Ann
If you have a novel inside of you just waiting to get out by haven’t yet put yourself up to the task, perhaps National Novel Writing Month (commonly known as NaNoWriMo) is for you!
NaNoWriMo is an annual event that takes place each November. In short, you write a 50,000 word rough draft of your novel during the month of November. It is free of charge and is open to those who are at least 13 years of age.
The goal of NaNoWriMo is not to award prizes (although there are some) but rather to encourage children and adults to pursue their creative potential by giving them a structured time frame within which they are to complete a rough draft of their novel.
If 50,000 words is a bit much for you, consider the Camp NaNoWriMo which is open to word counts starting at 10,000.
In addition to the encouragement to write, NaNoWriMo offers other benefits such as connections to writing groups in your area, regional Facebook groups, Local Volunteers, Pep Talks from well-known authors, volunteer opportunities, and more!
Go to their website and look it over. Read the terms and conditions and check out the FAQ’s. NaNoWriMo can be a good motivator for those who work better with a deadline and need something to which they are held accountable. October is the perfect time to check out http://nanowrimo.org/!