It's almost that time of the year again. National Novel Writing Month is just 3 days away! It's going to be one hell of a challenge combined with uni and my other hobbies, but I'm ready to get writing! From now on I will be posting weekly updates on my progress. Today's post is a short introduction for NaNoWriMo.
What is NaNoWriMo?
National Novel Writing Month, NanoWriMo in short, is an internet-based writing project. The idea is that participants write a novel of 50,00 words. It starts on the 1st of November and ends at 11:59 on the 31st of November. The main idea is that budding authors focus on the length of their book and less on quality. In the same line of thought it is discouraged to edit during the writing process
It does not matter what language you want to write in, or for which genre. Everything is allowed, be it fanfiction, a complete novel, poetry or something else. The only really important rule is that, though you are allowed to plan in advance, you may only start writing your novel on the 1st. There are no official prizes for winners, but you'll feel might accomplished!
Quite a few well-known authors have participated in NaNoWriMo. Some books you might know that were started as NaNoWriMo-projects are Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen and The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern.
Why and how to participate
So why should you participate? For one, it's fun to do. Not only are you writing everyday, you can meet and chat with other writers. Mostly though, NaNoWriMo motivates you to get the work done and write 50,000 words in a month. More often than not I start writing something, but give up on it shortly after because I no longer feel inspired or because I simply can't find the time. It's a downright shame to get started on a story and not finish it, and NaNoWriMo is that extra push to keep you going.
Participation is free, though donations are always welcome.. All you have to do to participate is click here [x] and sign up. While you're at it, add me as a buddy here [x].
I'm currently preparing my own novel by planning scenes, adding plotbunnies and making character templates. I'll upload another post before the 1st of November about my preparation. In the meantime, the following link [x] provides a great list of references for writing. If there's something you want to know, there's a pretty good chance you'll find it there!