No, it’s not some secret code or a chant in some unknown language. NoNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month, and it runs every year in November. It’s a time when authors and would-be writers commit themselves to writing a novel in a month’s time.
Yes, I know—but writers are weird that way. Everyone participating in NaNoWriMo commits to starting a novel at midnight October 31, and having a 50,000-word book written by midnight on November 30. Of course, no one’s keeping score, so it’s not as if the Writing Police are going to beat your door down at 12:01 a.m. on December 1st if you haven’t finished it. As the web site says, “Even if you end the month 49,000 words short, that’s 1,000 words you wouldn’t have otherwise.”
And that’s pretty much it as far as rules go: write a novel.
Help And Inspiration
The organizers of NaNoWriMo know how hard it can be to keep motivated, and that’s why they have all kinds of creative ideas and links on the site to keep you going.
Just Do It!
I’ve finally decided that this is the year I will write my novel. All of the advice I’ve found so far seems to be saying the same thing: “Write. Don’t bother rereading what you’ve written, don’t edit it zs you go. Just write! You can go back later and edit when the book’s done.”
So that’s my plan: to write every day. If I write every day, that means I’ve got to get 1,666 words on the page each day. I know from experience (and another writing site) that I have no problem doing 750 words, so all I have to do is double that.
Wish me luck!