Calling all writers. It’s time to break out your notebook, fire up your computer, and get your creative juices flowing to tackle the year’s biggest writing challenge: National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo for short).
The object of NaNoWriMo is simple. Your task is to complete a rough draft of a novel with a word count of 50,000 words in one month. You start writing on November 1 and continue writing working to reach your word count goal until 11:59 PM on November 30. Everything else from genre to plot structure to character is all up to you and your imagination.
You can sign up for free on the NaNoWriMo website to keep track of your word count, earn badges, and connect other writers. If that’s not your thing or you have your own writing community, you can keep your own count using the word count feature on your word processing program. (If you’re really old school and only use notebooks, you can manually count each word and make notes in your margins.) Use the word tracking method you feel most comfortable with.
After two years of saying I’m going to do it, I’ve decided to take the challenge this year. I’ll be tweeting my progress periodically throughout the month, and I’ll be sharing some of my favorite writing websites, creative inspiration boosters, and much more. If you find yourself needing so help to fend off your writer’s block, keep checking back throughout the month for my special NaNWriMo posts.
So my fellow writers, only one question remains: Do you accept the NaNoWriMo challenge?