The strange word in the title of this post stands for National Novel Writing Month. It’s in November, and so I’m giving all you writers out there notice that you should be preparing right now.
NaNoWriMo started among some friends in the USA who challenged each other to write a 50,000 word novel in a month. The idea caught on and it’s now international and runs online. The idea is that you are allowed to make plans, outlines, character studies, and do research beforehand, but no actual writing until 1st November. Then you have to write an average of 1667 words a day, to complete 50,000 words by 31st November.
Access the web site here.
If you think it sounds crazy – it is, but it’s also great fun. In the mad scramble to get the words down you can’t stop to edit or judge what you’re writing. It’s a great way to cure procrastination and revision, and even if you don’t make the target, you end up with thousands of words of a new novel that you didn’t have before.
I’ve done it twice – and failed both times, but produced a huge chunk of novel that I can work on, the first time, and learned a huge lesson the second time, so it was definitely a success. I’ve just come up with an idea for a novel, so the race is on to get it worked up enough to make a novel.