November is the time for NaNoWriMo en I am participating!
What is NaNoWriMo?
It stands for National Novel Writing Month. NaNo is an annual, Internet-based creative writing project that takes place during the month of November. Participants attempt to write a 50,000 word manuscript between November 1 and November 30.
NaNoWriMo focuses on the length of a work rather than the quality, encouraging writers to finish the first draft of their manuscript.
Who are participating in NaNoWriMo?
Writers (published and unpublished) from all over the world are participating in NaNoWriMo. It doesn’t matter if you are a proffessional writer or just love to write as a hobby.
The only rules are:
• Writing starts at 12:00: a.m. on November 1 and ends 11:59:59 p.m. on November 30, local time.
• No one is allowed to start early and finish 30 days from that start point.
• Novels must reach a minimum of 50,000 words before the end of November. These words can either be a complete novel of 50,000 words or the first 50,000 words of a novel to be completed later.
• Planning and notes are permitted, but no real writing before the November 1 start date.
• Participants’ novels can be on any theme, genre of fiction, and language.
How do you “win” NaNoWriMo?
To win NaNoWriMo, participants must write an average of approximately 1,667 words per day in November to reach the goal of 50,000 words written toward a novel.
If you have a manuscript of at least 50.000 words at the end of November, you may call yourself a winner! You will get a digital certificate and badges to place on Social Media or blog.
Of course you can also participate if you don’t reach the 50.000 words. But do set a goal, 30.000 for example. It’s all about the challenge!
How to participate?
Writers wishing to participate first register on https://nanowrimo.org, where they can post profiles and information about their novels. You have to fill in your word-count every day of NaNo. The site converts that into a chart and shows you how many words you need to write per day to reach your goal. Furthermore, there are forums where you can get in touch with other writers, you can add “writer budies” to motivate each other and you get regular tips and pep talks from various writers from all over the globe.
Municipal leaders and regional forums help connect local writers, holding writing events and providing encouragement.
Why do I participate?
This is the fourth year that I participate in NaNoWriMo. Twice I won and one time I unfortunately did not. I participate because I like a challenge and I have noticed that NaNo is pretty motivating, a real kickstart for your manuscript. It can be difficult sometimes to focus on writing, but because you are motivated by other writers and the site itself, can NaNo be the nudge you need. Because you want to win, you are less inclined to lose your focus. And I confess; I love to see my chart rise to 50,000 words!
I will keep you informed of my progress. And to everyone who participates this year: Good luck!