NaNoWriMo

Have you always wanted to write a novel but never quite gotten around to it? Are you one of those people who always starts writing a certain story down but then quits halfway? Then NaNoWriMo might be just the thing for you. NaNoWriMo stands for national novel writing month and is an annual event that lasts all of November. Are you ready to finally write that novel?

The goal of NaNoWriMo is to get people to write. The people behind the project have heard so many stories of inspired people that just had certain problems with penning down their story and most importantly finishing it. So that’s where this project starts out: trying to find a way to help people realize their dream of writing a novel.

The wordcount that is set as your goal for the end of the month is 50 000 words. This means that you will have to write an average of 1 666 words per day. This is no easy feat because sometimes the writing just won’t come to you. At other times it will be very easy to reach this average, but it’s usually during writing block that people tend to quit.

So besides setting a 50 000-word goal, what else does NaNoWriMo do for writers? The great thing about the project is that it unites writers on one site. Everyone who wishes to enter the challenge just makes a profile on the site and can start using the available tools. You can track your progress online, keep track of what your average is, how many words you need to write to reach your goal and more statistics like that. The overall wordcount is visible to your friends on the site. But next to that is the whole community aspect of the site.

The forums where you can to ask for inspiration and support. And the support part is the best part for most people. Everyone there is going through the same thing, they are all reaching for that same goal and everyone struggles now and then. Whether you are stuck with your plot or you really can’t get that character to feel real; people will be there to get you going again, to make you keep at it.

So, how does one begin NaNoWriMo? Well, it’s different for everyone. Some people like to jump into it and not think about anything beforehand. They just get started and see where the story takes them. Other people do a bit more planning, like choosing the genre, outlining the basic story line  perhaps creating certain characters already. Still other people are far more meticulous in their planning and they get a pretty detailed story line down on paper, they have character sheets, they go for the complete package. So it’s all about finding out what type of person you are and finding friends who are just like you and/ or finding friends who are the complete opposite, depending on your own needs.

If writing a novel has always been a dream of yours and something always gets in your way, this might be something to consider. There’s no denying that it will still be an uphill battle at times, even with all the support you could ask for. But the great thing is, you’re not alone in this. and just imagine how great that feeling will be when you can finally say that you finished writing that novel you were always talking or thinking about.

Is having written a novel during NaNoWriMo a guarantee for success in the literary world? Sadly, no. For most people, the novel they write during November will not be close to being published, mainly because there hasn’t been any editing yet. That’s a crucial part of writing and may not be forgotten. So if getting your book published is your dearest ambition, don’t jump the gun and send your NaNoWrimo novel to publishers right away. Just let it be for a while and then go at the editing later. Only after careful editing should your novel be sent to a publisher!

Have a happy November, and to all of those who will be competing in NaNoWriMo: Good luck! Hopefully you will reach that goal and have a great time while you’re at it.

 

For more information you can visit the official NaNoWriMo site: http://www.nanowrimo.org/

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