What is NaNoWriMo?

by on February 19th, 2011
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Are you ready to put pencil on paper or your fingers to the keys? A lot of writers and aspiring writers are doing just that. They are preparing to write 50,000 words for National Novel Writing Month. Crazy? Maybe, but it is worth it.

NaNoWriMo starts at midnight for participants so a lot of people are busy writing outlines or finishing up on any unfinished business. A lot of families are preparing too since it’s not easy to put 16,000 words from inside your mind to paper or computer screen everyday for a month, if you write seven days a week.

The whole idea of NaNoWriMo is to write an entire novel in one month. It sound impossible, but it isn’t at all. Some writers have become Best Selling Author after participating in NaNoWriMo . One such author is Sue who published her first novel. The idea is to avoid editing your novel, which brings out the creative side of the brain. It may seem like an impossible feat, but it isn’t.

Last November, over 200,000 people participate in the yearly tradition every. Now, there are groups all over the world that participate. People meet in person and on the internet. It’s alive and well on social networks, forums, and with writers.

Are you ready to participate? Start the process by signing up at NaNoWriMo. Once you’ve signed up for NaNoWriMo , you can pick up one of web badges to display on your website or blog. On the site, there is an area that you can find other NaNoWriMo participants around the world. If you cannot find your city or town, chose one close to you. It’s important to socialize with other writers since writing is a lonely job. If you are not one for forums you could follow on Twitter site happenings all month to encourage each year.

Once you’ve decided to participate in NaNoWriMo it’s important to not give up even if you don’t make the 50,000 word goal.

NaNoWriMo History:

The first group was only 21 participants in San Francisco, California· NANOWRIMO was created by Chris Baty, a freelance writer in 1999.
NanoWRIMO became a non-profit organization in 2006. Sara Gruen was one of the first participants to sell her bestselling novel. In 2010, 37, 500 people completed 50,000 words in a month. The Owners and Letters and Light operate the NaNoWriMo today.

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