This month I have been participating in NaNoWriMo.
November to many writers is known as NaNoWriMo or National (Na) Novel (No) Writing (Wri) Month (Mo). This month I have joined in with many writers around the world to attempt to write a novel in a month.
What is NaNoWriMo?
Every year people from around the world choose to participate with the aim of writing 50,000 words in 30 days. That is 1,667 words a day. Most people choose to write a novel but some (known as NaNo rebels) choose to write some different like a memoir or a screenplay.
NaNoWriMo is not a solitary experience. There is the option to join your local region which gives you access to a forum of people in your country or even closer in your state where you can communicate and support each other through the ups and downs of writing a novel/other project in a month.
There is also a Young Writers Program which is aimed at writers aged 17 and under which gives them the opportunity to participate as part of a virtual classroom set up by their teacher or an individual effort where they have the option of choosing their own word count.
While the main “goal” is to reach 50,000 words, I have never actually reached it even though I have been participating almost every year since 2013. In my first year I managed a little over 12,000 words. I remember it being thrilling learning that when I put my mind to it I could write a lot more than I had thought I could. Last year I achieved a word count of 16,929 which is the most I have ever achieved.
To me NaNoWriMo isn’t necessarily about the end goal. Like this year, I am attempting to get to 50,000 but will consider it a personal win to write more words that I did last year. It is about pushing me to write through the challenge of writing 50,000 words. But it is also about joining with not just a local community, but a worldwide community that can support each other through the ups and downs of writing a novel or some other writing project during the month of November.