A Short Tribute to NaNoWriMo

As it’s the start of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) today, November 1, I thought this post would be pretty appropriate… especially since I haven’t blogged since my first post even with all those good intentions. I will only apologize and say that in the meantime I have finished my Bachelor of Arts degree at Waikato University after four not-so-horribly-long years and am now busy searching for work. Well, the job search is still on, despite walking into 33 businesses all in one day, so here I am, ready to do something for NaNoWriMo, even if I am, once again, caught off guard by how fast it came around.

Let me first explain what NaNoWriMo is all about for those of you who don’t know what it is.

What is NaNoWriMo?
Basically, NaNoWriMo is all about writing a 50,000 word novel in 30 days from 12:01 am on November 1 to 11:59 pm on November 30.

Who can enter?
Anyone. Anyone at all. It’s best if you have some idea of a novel you would like to write; otherwise half the month is spend trying to come up with the perfect novel idea.

Why is NaNoWriMo an excellent idea?
It forces you to write with a deadline in mind at all times. It’s kind of like those craft projects you do with an idea of gifting it to a friend on their birthday – there’s that pressure to get it done within a certain time frame that most writers don’t have at any other time.

Some encouraging stats about NaNoWriMo:
There were 341,375 NaNoWriMo participants in 2012 who walked away at the end of the month as novelists.
Over 250 NaNoWriMo novels have been traditionally published including Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen.

And the perks?
Each year, well-known published authors offer encouragement via pep talks. This year’s list of authors includes James Patterson, author of Alex Cross and Maximum Ride which I loved as a young teen.

Where can I find out more about it?
Visit the official NaNoWriMo site to find out more information or to sign yourself up for a crazy deadline.

As previously mentioned, I am once again woefully unprepared for NaNoWriMo, but I have decided on something else I am going to do instead. I am going to try a 30 day blog challenge: where I write at least a short post on here each day, whether it’s about my writing, my crafts or even my job when I get it – the goal is to just keep writing.

Do you have plans for NaNoWriMo? Did you even know that it existed? Feel free to share in the comments below.