November Writing Challenge

November is the official month of National Novel Writing Month or NaNoWriMo, where one attempts to write a novel of 50,000 words in the thirty days of November. When I participated a few years ago there were 120,000 participants worldwide.

For those of you that already take part in the BIAW challenge, NaNoWriMo could be seen as an extension of that. The only differences being that it takes place over a month, you have to reach the 50k limit and, unfortunately, there is no prize, except the satisfaction of knowing that you wrote a novel- albeit a short one- in 30 days.NaNoWriMo Stickers // Awards

The NaNoWriMo site will tell you that it’s about quantity and not quality. Creating the perfect novel isn’t the aim here, so forget about editing. Period. The goal is to write. And to keep writing everyday.

It works out to about 1667 words per day.I kept a daily log of my word goal (1667) and my cumulative goal to date and I found that it helped. 50,000 sounds like a lot but if you break it down to 1667 daily for 30 days, it doesn’t seem that formidable.

It’s amazing what you can create under that kind of pressure as I’m sure any one of you who’ve participated in the monthly BIAW- there maybe a lot of crap, but there are gems in there as well.

At the end of the month or whenever you cross the 50k finish line, you’re given instructions on how to encrypt your novel to send it NaNoWriMo so they can validate your word count.

I completed NaNoWriMo in 2008 and although it needed heavy editing, I had a story from start to finish; a rough, first draft. Last year, I fell short of the mark with 37k, however I had the beginning of my current WIP.

I hope to see you there. Leave me a comment if you’re doing it – I’m Miz B.

Visit the NaNoWriMo website for more information.

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  1. NaNoWriMo has become one of my favorite times of the year. A month filled with sleep deprivation (who needs sleep, anyway?), sore wrists, and a full range of emotions. But totally worth it when you cross that 50K mark and realize that you are a winner and have written 50,000 words! 😀

  2. Doing NaNoWriMo for the 4th year and have just spent October BIW getting to know my characters for this year.
    Agreeing with Grady Pruitt that it is a great feeling when you realise you’ve hit the 50 000 mark.

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