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What is NaNoWriMo? July 13, 2010

Filed under: Writing — katblogger @ 2:54 PM
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In my last post, I mentioned NaNoWriMo. I have been distressed to find out that the vast majority of people have no clue what NaNo even is. However, as I’d never heard of it until about four years ago, I guess I shouldn’t be surprised.

NaNoWriMo (NaNo for short) stands for National Novel Writing Month. It is a program running in November that encourages writers to stop dawdling and actually write a novel. The premise is in thirty days, you’re going to sit down and write 50000 words of fiction.

Sounds insane? Well, maybe it is. But it’s also loads of fun. I’ve done it three times (triumphing every year) and although the final manuscript isn’t always pleasing to the eye, it gives you a sense of accomplishment, especially if you print it off. Holding that big, fat bundle of pages in your hands gives you a warm, fuzzy feeling that makes you forget the skyrocketing price of printer ink. And even if it will never be worth publishing, it’s experience that will only help you.

Here’s the website:

If you’ve ever considered writing a novel, but just never got around to doing it, NaNo is the program for you. Sign up now, and get ready. November is my favorite month for a reason, and NaNo is a ride you’ll never forget, whether or not you make your quota.


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