November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)Submitted by Michael Nystrom on Tue, 10/30/2012 - 22:27
Every year I forget about this until about November 10th, when I suddenly remember, and then it is too late. So here is your heads up. Below are the details, and here is the website:
I've already got my novel all plotted out in my head (kind of). The goal is to write everyday, between 1,500 - 2,000 words each day. And keep writing - power through it. At the end of the month, you have your first draft.
National Novel Writing Month is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to novel writing. Participants begin writing on November 1. The goal is to write a 50,000-word (approximately 175-page) novel by 11:59:59 PM on November 30.
Valuing enthusiasm and perseverance over painstaking craft, NaNoWriMo is a novel-writing program for everyone who has thought fleetingly about writing a novel but has been scared away by the time and effort involved.
As you spend November writing, you can draw comfort from the fact that, all around the world, other National Novel Writing Month participants are going through the same joys and sorrows of producing the Great Frantic Novel. Wrimos meet throughout the month to offer encouragement, commiseration, and—when the thing is done—the kind of raucous celebrations that tend to frighten animals and small children.
In 2011, we had 256,618 participants and 36,843 of them crossed the 50K finish line by the midnight deadline, entering into the annals of NaNoWriMo superstardom forever. They started the month as auto mechanics, out-of-work actors, and middle school English teachers. They walked away novelists.