November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and is a fun approach to creative writing.
Starting November 1, 2016 participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000 word novel by November 30.
NaNoWriMo challenges would-be and seasoned novelists on a literary journey; a boot camp party for writers.
In 2015, more than 400,000 writers took on the challenge – in 633 regions across six continents – with about 10 percent successfully reaching their goal. That’s 40,000 novel drafts that didn’t exist in October!
Writing a full-length novel in a month – authors must write about 1,700 words per day to stay on track – is, obviously an intimidating task. But there is support and resources to get through it.
NaNoWriMo began in 1999, informally by a group of friends and is now a nonprofit with volunteer-organized events and a website where writers are given support.
NaNoWriMo’s “Come Write In” program coordinates bookstores, libraries, and businesses hosting events related to the 30 day challenge.
Executive Director Grant Faulkner says, “Too many people think they’re not a ‘creative type’ but to be human is to be a ‘creative type’.”
For one of my best friends, Michelle Sodaro, this is her fifth year participating in NaNoWriMo. “Every year, I do it better than the year before. I love the challenge of it…the daily push to get the word count; the way a draft comes to life right before my eyes. 50k in 30 days…so beautifully frustrating!”
Even though I am a poet, I will write a novel! It is on my goal list. Not quite there yet, but this year I have devoted the month to developing my character and writing the first chapter.
Next year, I will be ready to take on the challenge full force. If you’ve ever uttered the phrase, “When I write my novel…,” this is the month to start. Good luck writers and keep that ink flowing!