Feature Writer Ann Chiapetta – NaNoWriMo is Here

A few years ago I was introduced to National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), which takes place every November. It is a writing challenge established in November 2001 to help writers motivate themselves to crank out 50,000 words in 30 days. This amounts to about 1,500 words per day. There is something very intriguing about participating in a National challenge. When I took part in it I felt like I was a part of something much larger than just myself. I got encouragement from other writers. In the end when I finally hit the 50,000th word, I felt a great sense of accomplishment.

Some of the guidelines are: no editing; no rewrites; and pushing oneself to get as far as one can to that 50,000 word count.

While there is a website to join in order to help you along and count your daily entries, I choose to do it with some other writers in my own writing group instead. Whichever way you choose, though, it’s fun and rewarding. The hardest thing I found was not to do any editing or rewrites and just let the words flow.

According to Wikipedia, NaNoWriMo is described as, “an annual internet-based creative writing project that takes place every November. NaNoWriMo challenges participants to write 50,000 words of a new novel between November 1 and 30. Despite its name, it accepts entries from around the world. The goal of NaNoWriMo is to get people writing, no matter how bad the writing is, through the end of a first draft. The idea is that many people are scared to start writing because it won’t be any good, and if there’s a time to celebrate length, rather than quality, more people will write an entire first draft, which they can then proceed to edit if they wish.

Offshoots of NaNoWriMo include NaPoWriMo (National Poetry Writing Month) and the newest is NaBoWriMo (National Blog Writing Month). To find out more about NaNoWriMo, go to: www.nanowrimo.org

Have you participated in national challenges? If so, tell us in the Reader’s Forum.

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