It’s time to get your game on, writers—Nanowrimo approaches.
Just a few weeks from now, National Novel Writing Month will begin again, urging all of us crazy writers (and wannabe writers) to create 50,000 gleaming new words of fiction during the month of November.
As National Novel Writing Month approaches, now is the time to select the soundtrack for your novel. By now, you might be zeroing in on what type of story you want to write—a romance, an adventure, an adventurous romance—and you’ll want to find some music to listen to while you write.
We’ve made it to the big leagues, Northland Wrimos! For the first time ever, the elite leaders at Nanowrimo Headquarters* have chosen the Boardwalk Branch to host the Northland kick-off party for National Novel Writing Month.
So, it’s that time of year again. What time? NaNoWriMo time, of course. Every October, our busy brains start buzzing with ideas of aliens, romance, dragons, vampires, mountain climbing, police chases, puppies, and whatever else we want to insert into the Great American Novels we are about to write. Because come November 1st, our fingers will fly as we dive into National Novel Writing Month.
National Novel Writing Month is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to novel writing. Participants begin writing on November 1st with a goal of writing 50,000 new words of fiction by midnight on November 30. The goal for this crazy month is quantity over quality, though, you will be surprised just how good a story you can mash out in your spare time.
If we aren't reading to deal with reality, many of us are reading to escape from it, which ultimately makes it a bit easier to deal with sometimes! Think about it. What percentage of books in the typical public library do novels comprise? How many patrons would deign to visit the library in person if they weren't made available? More and more non-fiction is being taken out of print, or only added electronically due to the overwhelming dependence of our population on electronically generated resources.
I know it's still a week away from November, but for those of you gearing up for Nanowrimo, these last weeks of October are valuable planning time.
What's Nanowrimo, you ask? Nanowrimo stands for National Novel Writing Month. It encourages all writers to try their hand at writing a novel in thirty days. Or, as the official website puts it, National Novel Writing Month is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to novel writing. Participants begin writing on November 1. The goal is to write a 50,000 word, (approximately 175 page) novel by 11:59:59, November 30.
How often does that make it on people's "things to do before I die" list? I know it's on mine. I'm guessing that's one that doesn't get crossed off of most lists. What a daunting thought of sitting down to write a novel. Where would one even begin? Well, I tell you where you can begin. Begin this November 1st. What better time than the present, and what better time than National Novel Writing Month or NaNoWriMo? NaNoWriMo is a national novel writing campaign that started in 1999 with just twenty-one people. In 2010, there were over 200,000 people writing.