It is now October, and many of you know what that means…
The countdown to Nanowrimo has officially begun.
For those of you who do not know what in heaven’s name a nanowrimo is, let me explain.
Nanowrimo is short for National Novel Writing Month. It is a worldwide competition put on annually by a non-profit called The Office of Letters and Light. The premise sounds simple enough: 50,000 words in 30 days (that would be the month of November). You sign up on their website, and write like your life depended on it for 30 days straight.
I’m going to say this upfront: this isn’t for everyone. It can overwhelm the most disciplined writers due to the sheer volume that you have to write. I averaged it out to be at least 5.5 pages a day if you want to end on time or a little early. Your social life will be affected. You will feel borderline insane at times. You may throw things. Seeing the work you put into it at the end of the month, though, is totally worth it.
And yes, Nanowrimo has haters. I have seen people actually take the time to make flair pieces of Facebook hating on Nanowrimo for various reasons. I find it funny; perhaps they were not able to finish it.
It is not for the fainthearted or the “hobby” writer. This challenge is hardcore.
That being said, the support you get is amazing. From email pep talks to actual meet-ups with other Nanowrimo participants, you never have to feel alone. Plus, you get some nice goodies for participating and for winning. If you really want to get that first draft of your novel out of your head, this is a great way to do it.
Oh, and don’t expect any blog entries from me during November. I will be too busy trying to duplicate my 2008 and 2009 success with Nanowrimo. 🙂