What’s NaNoWriMo, you may ask? It’s the quirky acronym for National Novel Writing Month, which takes place each November. Aspiring novelists strive to get 50,000 words on paper between 12:01 a.m. November 1 and 11:59 p.m. November 30.
In 2010, more than 200,000 writers registered at the NaNoWriMo web site, and over 30,000 of those submitted a qualifying (length is the only requirement) manuscript by the deadline. Unofficial participation isn’t recorded, of course, but the numbers are no doubt equally impressive. (We writers are by and large a rather timid lot, after all.)
Lexington’s NaNoWriMo group has already held it’s first planning meeting and scheduled several write-in dates around town. For more information, visit http://www.nanowrimo.org/en/regions/usa-kentucky-lexington. (Our own write-ins, by the way, were inspired by the NaNoWriMo model.)
Several ECWG members have participated in the event over the years, both officially and unofficially. Even those who didn’t reach the lofty 50,000 word goal reported that they made enormous progress toward their writing goals. And that’s what it’s all about: getting the words down on paper.
Even if the novel isn’t your genre of choice, think about ways to use all that global writing momentum in the month of November to move YOU toward your own writing goals.