- 341,375 participants start on November 1 as electricians, out-of-work clerks, or middle school teachers. They will walk away as novelists.
- 648 volunteer Municipal Liaisons guided 586 regions on six continents.
- 82,554 students and educators created worlds with the Young Writers Program.
- 615 libraries opened their doors to novelists through the Come Write In program.
- See the long list of authors that published their novel, written during NaNoWriMo, from 2006 – 2013: http://nanowrimo.org/published-wrimos
NaNoWriMo, provides support, encouragement, and good old-fashioned kick in the pants (which some writers need) to write the rough draft of their novel in November. How it all works, explained on NaNoWriMo s website:
- Sign up at the http://nanowrimo.org website
- Choose a home region for in-person events near you – for even more encouragement.
- NaNoWriMo’s user dashboard will usher you through the rest of your account set-up.
- You will be able to add information about your upcoming novel to your profile. Giving your work a title or brief synopsis gets you 225% more pumped for November.
- Use October to read past author pep talks, meet other writers in the forums
- Editing is essential. However, November isn’t for editing. November is for writing. You can edit in December. your NaNoWriMo novel. Realize that you are just writing the first of many drafts in November. Your novel will have to be polished later on.
- At midnight on November 1, start writing, using your word count.
- Update your word count whenever you can. Some like every day; others prefer a few times a week.
- Stay motivated with pep talks and in-person events in your region.
- There’s a big world of NaNoWriMo out there in social media: Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, YouTube, and Pinterest. Participating in this NaNoWriMo will help you to focus, help you to prioritize writing, and help you to say no to distractions, such as TV, phone calls, shopping or parties.
- Starting on November 25, you can validate your novel to “win” – even though there is no real prize, the only reward for winning is the finished novel itself and the satisfaction of having written it. Every year, there are many “winners”. There are no “Best Novel” or “Quickest-Written Novel” awards given out.
NaNoWriMo is all about using the magical power of DEADLINES to tell your story.
Give someone a goal and a goal-minded community and miracles are bound to happen… 50.000 words is certainly a short novel, but it is a doable goal, even for people with full-time jobs and children. Researchers tell us that it takes 21-28 days to create a new habit, sometimes as many as 66 days. So NaNoWriMo is a good start to establish your writing habit.
When you create an account with NaNoWriMo.org, you will be able to:
- Write a novel in a month!
- Track your progress.
- Get pep talks and support.
- Meet fellow writers online and in person.
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October 20, 2013 at 3:31 am
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Will you part of this collective effort? Benefit from the bundled energy and get your book done!
November 4, 2013 at 6:23 pm
It’s fascinating, every year, when the NaNo fever starts. I try to be less online, not more, and so far, it’s been going well. I do read the pep talks, because they have sparked some interesting ideas in earlier years. Even when you have a daily writing schedule anyway, it’s a crazy thing to do–and a lot of fun.