Did you know that November is the month in which the National Novel Writing Month program takes place? According to the official website (http://nanowrimo.org): “National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30. Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought about writing a novel.”
The premise of the program is that if you think you have a story in you that wants to come out, the first step is freeing yourself to write as many words as you can without judgment or too much attention to how well the words all fit together. This first draft is the start of a novel and, with edits and changes afterward, can result in a published book. The website gives more detailed information.
The program was started in 1999 to encourage young writers and has steadily grown since then. The complete history is here. According to the NaNoWriMo website, 325,142 people participated in 2014 and since the numbers increase each year, it is expected that even more will participate this year. The community of participants discuss, encourage, and support each other throughout the month, making it a fun as well as rewarding experience.
I have already signed up, ready to start typing away on November 1st. I am a planner, structuring and outlining my stories, but many who participate are “pantsers,” those who allow the words to freely flow from their creative mind to the screen in a “seat of the pants” fashion. Both types of writers are welcome to participate. In fact there is a badge presented for each of the two types of writer.
Would you like to join me and the hundreds of thousands of others who will be trying to create a work of surpassing creativity and beauty? If so, check out the NaNoWriMo website for details, or comment on this post so we can discuss it. I’d love to see you in the trenches!