Have you ever wanted to write a novel? Is there a story inside your noggin waiting to escape? Well here’s your big chance to let it all out. In November NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) are launching 30 days and nights of literary abandon! You’ll have one month to crank out that novel you’ve been dying to share with the world!
This will be your time to shine!
Yeah right Dave, one month to write a novel, pull the other one.
Seriously, dear blog reader, one month is all you need. I’m going for it, so why can’t you? It took just under 1 year to write my novel, The Range, so I figure I can manage to write 50,000 words in a month, no sweat. It’s going to be just currrrazy!
So what is NaNoWriMo?
That’s a good question! Here’s some basic information to whet your literary appetite:
What: Writing one 50,000-word novel from scratch in a month’s time.
Who: You! We can’t do this unless we have some other people trying it as well. Let’s write laughably awful yet lengthy prose together.
Why: The reasons are endless! To actively participate in one of our era’s most enchanting art forms! To write without having to obsess over quality. To be able to make obscure references to passages from our novels at parties. To be able to mock real novelists who dawdle on and on, taking far longer than 30 days to produce their work.
When: You can sign up anytime to add your name to the roster and browse the forums. Writing begins November 1. To be added to the official list of winners, you must reach the 50,000-word mark by November 30 at midnight. Once your novel has been verified by our web-based team of robotic word counters, the partying begins.
Where: You write wherever you’d like. On your computer, on your iPad, on a typewriter – anywhere is fine, just as long as you’re writing! For a more in-depth NaNoWriMo overview, visit the devilishly handsome “What is NaNoWriMo?“and “How NaNoWriMo Works” pages.
You had me at “Currrazy!” so how do I get my writing groove on?
That’s easy. Head on over to NaNoWriMo and sign yourself up. You can fill out your author profile, check your NanoMail, search for Writing Buddies and get yourself a badge to go on your blog, like the one on the right. There are forums and all sorts of crazy ways to keep in touch with fellow Wrimo’s. There aren’t exactly winners as such, except those who complete their 50,000 words and upload their novel for word count verification before the deadline, midnight November 30th.
You can write what you like so long as it’s fiction, and don’t worry about the quality, just let your imagination take over and worry about all the editing and faff when the month is over. It’s all about the quantity not quality. The idea is to get your novel out of your skull and into the real world. Whenever you’ve written another chunk of your novel simply login into your profile and update your word count. This is where things get competitive, must keep up, must write more, argh my brain hurts, someone bring me a dose of sanity!!
Indigo Spider is in the process of setting up a team of dedicated writing
nutcases enthusiasts to support one another throughout the crazy month. We’ll have a Twitter stream – #nanoteamindy – where you can drop in and share your anguish/tears/smiles/rants and raves so expect plenty of jiggery pokery, japes and general silliness!
I wanna start right now!
I hear ya, dear blog reader, I’m eager to get my fingers dancin across the keyboard. I’ve already got an awesome idea for a story. Here are some ideas to get your brain in gear for November 1st!
Make notes – Jot down story ideas, characters, plots etc. Don’t actually start writing yet, that just spoils the fun, you don’t have to join the Scouts to borrow their motto: Be Prepared!
Grab some inspiration – Be that music, art, a favourite novel, movie etc. I’m preparing a playlist of music to spur me on through the challenge!
Read through the NaNoWriMo website – There’s loads of stuff to read up on the website, get in tune with the challenge, familiarise yourself with the forums. You can even join a Wrimo Region to chat with folks near you. From what I’ve seen some members even get together for a drink or bite to eat and discuss all things Wrimo!
Don’t Panic! – If you think about it, 50,000 words over 30 days is only 1,666 words a day. How hard can that be? Not that hard if you consider how much writing you do every day without realising. Do you send emails? Leave comments on blogs? Write a blog post? Tweet? If you add all that shizzle up yo might be surprised at the word count!
Remember, this is a crazy fun time where you can finally let that novel out! Enjoy it!
- NaNoWriMo #1 (nettiethomson.com)
- NaNoWriMo on the brain (angeliquemichaels.wordpress.com)
- NaNoWriMo: To Wait or Not to Wait? (susansheehey.wordpress.com)