(NaNoWriMo) National Novel Writing Month is a writing contest, which was started in 1999 by author of No Plot, No Problem, Chris Baty. The goal of the NaNoWriMo is to write a 50,000-word novel between November 1st, and midnight of November 30. The contest is open to anyone, whoever reaches their writing goal of 50,000 words wins. There are no real prizes per se but winners of NaNoWriMo have the satisfaction of completing a novel.
NaNoWriMo initially began to instigate and inspire writers to create impromptu novels, and it has become an exceptionally successful contest. In fact, many of those NaNoWriMo novels became rough drafts for an eventually published novels. Books such as Sarah Gruen’s Flying Changes, Rebecca Agiewich’s Breakup Babe, Dave Wilson’s The Mote in Andrea’s Eye, Sarah Dooley’s Livvie Owen Lived Here and Gayle Brandeis’s Self Storage were all born out of NaNoWriMo.
NaNoWriMo allows an individual to silence their inner critic, as it does tend to emphasize quantity over quality. For those writers who are often intimidated by their inner critic the urgency of the contest motivates them to push through fears, the need for perfection and keep writing. With the fast pace of NaNoWriMo, writers need to produce approximately 1667 words per day so there is not a lot of time left for editing, although writers who are quick typists could produce a fairly well edited work in that period. Writers are not limited as to subject matter and any fiction genre is allowed.
NaNoWriMo hosts writing events to provide participants with an active supportive community and raises money via donations as well as sales of promotional items, which it donates approximately 50% of its net intake to reading charities.
NaNoWriMo has proven to be a popular contest and does not appear to be slowing down. The first year only 21 people participated in 2010 the number reached 200,500 participants.
For more information or to sign up click here: http://www.nanowrimo.org/ and check out No Plot, No Problem by Chris Baty.