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Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Register Now for NaNoWriMo!

For those who don't know, NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month.

It is a challenge to write a novel of at least 50,000 words in a month, and it comes around every November.

From humble beginnings in 1999, when there were just 21 participants, NaNoWriMo has grown into a world-wide phenomenon. Last year over 100,000 people took part, and the numbers this year are expected to be even greater.

There is no entry fee for NaNoWriMo (though donations are welcome), and no prizes either. Essentially, it is a challenge to help you write that novel you had always meant to write but keep putting off. By registering with NaNoWriMo, you are joining a world-wide community of writers who are all seeking to achieve the same end, and are thus able to encourage and support one another.

This year quite a few members of my forum at have registered for NaNoWriMo 2009. If you are looking for some 'buddies' to share notes and compare progress with, check out this forum topic.

Although there are no prizes for completing a book for NaNoWriMo, if you do (and you have to prove it by uploading your work to the NaNoWriMo site), you will be able to download an official 'Winner' web badge and a PDF Winner's Certificate, which you can print out. And, much more importantly, you will have the first draft at least of a novel you should be able to polish and submit for possible publication.

NaNoWriMo is, by the way, a great opportunity to apply the techniques taught in WCCL's Novel in a Month course, or indeed my own Write Any Book in Under 28 Days.

I'd like to wish you the very best of luck if you do decide to register for NaNoWriMo and write a novel in November. Please let me know if you succeed in completing the challenge!

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Blogger The romantic query letter and the happy-ever-after said...

Are you cheating yourself if you storyboard an idea before November 1st for NaNo?

1:44 AM  
Blogger Nick said...

I don't think that's cheating. On the contrary, I think it's a very good idea to have an outline or storyboard to guide you.

9:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Outlining is not only allowed but encouraged by NaNoWriMo veterans :)

I know I would have run out of steam very quickly last year if I hadn't had one scribbled down on a few index cards. Mind you, I didn't do it until October 30th. I'm trying to be a little more organised this time.

12:00 PM  
Blogger Nick said...

Thanks for your comment, Tricia. Absolutely. Outline beforehand, then you can devote the whole of the month to the actual writing.

12:21 PM  

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