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Thursday, October 13, 2011

Get Inspired by NaNoWriMo 2011!

NaNoWriMo 2011For 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 200,530 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 a number of members of my forum at www.mywriterscircle.com have registered for NaNoWriMo already, and more will no doubt follow. 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 novel 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, of course, you will have the first draft of a novel you should be able to polish and submit for possible publication.

There are lots of useful resources on the NaNoWriMo website, including wordcount widgets, web badges, flyers for downloading, motivational articles, and much more. There is also a busy forum where you can compare notes with other participants.

NaNoWriMo is also, 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. Please let me know if you succeed in completing the challenge!

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4 Comments:

Blogger kdoyle said...

This will be my third NaNo attempt. Best wishes to everyone who is planning to give it a try!

2:21 AM  
Blogger Nick said...

Thanks for the comment. Good luck to you also!

11:50 AM  
Anonymous Susan Denney said...

I'm totally in for Nanowrimo. My 2002 Nano novel has just been published this month. Good luck to all!

3:12 PM  
Blogger Nick said...

Congratulations, Susan. Though I hope your 2011 NaNo novel is a bit quicker to be published!

5:42 PM  

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