I’m going to be a silly, silly person and attempt NaNoWriMo during my very first quarter as a graduate student! Yay!
Will you be a silly, silly person with me and attempt NaNoWriMo?
For those of you who may not know what National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is, it’s an international challenge that happens every November where millions and millions of people with questionable sanity attempt to write 50,000 word novels in 30 days. The main website is here: nanowrimo.org
It’s also important to note that NaNoWriMo is a non-profit organization dedicated to literacy and the power of creativity and words. Part of what they do is the Young Writers Program, which promotes literacy in children and teenagers by partnering with schools. I’m proud to participate in NaNoWriMo every year, and to donate to their cause whenever I am able.
I may or may not be able to complete the challenge this year. It’s been a bad few years for me; I haven’t won since 2013. But I won six years running before that! So I keep trying!
Even if you don’t complete the challenge one year, it’s an exhilarating and rewarding thing to do for any writer. Create an account on the website, find your region and interact with all the other Wrimos (NaNoWriMo participants) in your geographical area. Find groups and communities on Facebook, on Twitter, on LiveJournal and Dreamwidth. Participating in the community is fun, and acts as an absolutely vital support system. Be kind to your ML (Municipal Liaison), and your fellows.
I’ve been an ML before; I helped found my region. That’s how much I love and support this organization and this challenge.
I love NaNoWriMo, and if you’ve never participated, I hope you learn to love it, too.