by Jeanette O'Hagan
With November fast approaching, it's that time of year again.
No, not Christmas (less than two months away).
Not Hot Cross Buns likely to be in the stores two days after Christmas.
Not even Supanova Brisbane the weekend after next (6-87 November, where btw you can find Rendered Realms once again.
It's time to dust of your keyboard, bring out your latest big project, clear you calendar and go for it. It's time for NaNoWriMo!
What is NaNoWriMo, you ask?
NaNoWriMo (pronounced Nan-No-Rye-Mo) stands for National Novel Writing Month. It started as a simple challenge to write a novel (or at least 50,000 words) in the month founded by freelance writer Chris Baty in the San Francisco Bay Area in July 1999 (the shift to November came in 2000.)
NaNoWriMo is a non-profit organisation that ‘believes your story matters.’
But Wait - Don' You Have to be a bit Crazy to do NaNo?
So, why do NaNoWriMo?
- If you've always wanted to write a novel—or have stalled in the process of writing one, NaNo can give you a jump-start. As I said in 2015, NaNo coverts ‘someday’ into ‘today.’
- Tangible goals and deadlines, for many of us, are good motivators.
- It gives you an impetus to write daily or at least regularly over a limited timeframe (30 days).
- Writing fast without constantly stopping to edit and review helps you get into the ‘flow’, immerses you into the your story world, and allows your creativity to flourish.
- There will be time after NaNo to edit messy drafts but you can't edit a blank page.
- The NaNo goal is achievable—1667 words a day (less than two hours of writing for most people)— but it is still challenging enough to stretch you.
- Even if you don’t manage 50,000 words, every word counts and you will probably write more words than you would have otherwise.
- NaNoWriMo provides support through buddies, groups, badges, write-ins, and events
- If you finish NaNo, there are some nifty, tangible rewards, like discount codes on programs and services useful to authors.
So you've decided to take the plunge. What next?
The first step- sign-up to Nano (at https://nanowrimo.org/) and set up your project.
The sixth step - celebrate your win & collect your goodies
So Now I'm ready to Publish, Yay!
Have you done NaNoWriMo in the past? Are you interested in joining us this November? Let us know in the comments below or on the CWD Facebook group. Look forward to doing NaNo together :)