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Sunday, September 22, 2013

Time to Start Planning for NaNoWriMo 2013!

Once again, it's that time of year to start planning for NaNoWriMo.

For anyone who may not know, NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month. It's 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 341,375 people took part, with 38,438 of them achieving the 50K target by the deadline of midnight on 30 November. The numbers this year are expected to be even greater.

There is no entry fee for NaNoWriMo (though donations are always 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 (or publish yourself).

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 stephanie jones said...

I've been working on outlining and research for a week or so! This is my first NaNo, so I'm just a tad excited.
I'll be talking about my progress on www.stephlj.com!

9:57 PM  
Blogger Nick said...

Thanks, Stephanie, and good luck!

Nick

9:18 AM  
Anonymous iFaith said...

Hi Nick... good to be here!

I am getting serious with my writing and I am happy to have found your great blog - and discovering the National Novel Writing Month challenge is a great find!

I will sign up and take part - thanks for the link and info!

Also... I am saving up to buy your "Write Any Book in Under 28 Days" - I believe it will give me that added boost of resource to polish up my writing and add to my momentum to write great books.

Thanks and take care.

7:55 AM  
Blogger Nick said...

Thank you, iFaith. Good luck in completing the NaNo challenge. Good luck also in saving up for my Write Any Book in Under 28 Days course :)

9:48 AM  

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