Firstly, a HUGE congratulations for all the participants of National Novel Writing Month that made the goal of 50,000 words. That is absolutely amazing, and even if you’re not proud of what you created – you really should be. In November, with it’s measly 30 days, 50,000 words averages out to be 1667 words written per day.
A little on NaNoWriMo for those of you who might not be in the know: National Novel Writing Month begins at midnight on November 1st and ends at 11:59pm November 3oth, the goal of which is to write 50,000 words (as you might have gathered from my congratulatory paragraph above). There is a whole online community based around this, which you can explore using the above link. It is a nonprofit organization with the aim at helping writers create.
“National Novel Writing Month is also a 501(c)(3) nonprofit (formerly known as the Office of Letters and Light) that believes your story matters. Our mission statement:
National Novel Writing Month organizes events where children and adults find the inspiration, encouragement, and structure they need to achieve their creative potential. Our programs are web-enabled challenges with vibrant real-world components, designed to foster self-expression while building community on local and global levels.”
NaNoWriMo creates programs in communities all over the country, encouraging young writers with their K-12 Young Writer’s Program, meeting fellow writers in your community, as well as monthly exercises which get you pumped and ready for November each year (Camp NaNoWriMo).
Because of school (though the running excuse for the last few years has been work), I wasn’t able to participate, or even consider participating in it. However, since for some insane reason my college has altered the schedule to differ from every other college in the state and give us finals week the week following Thanksgiving weekend – thus resulting in a five week winter break – I thought I would make December 6-January 5 (30 days) my own Novel Writing month, seeing if I can independently accomplish what so many dedicated writers accomplished over November.
I might cheat a little bit and put to use the NaNoWriMo Boot Camp to see if it can help me generate ideas and keep on track. We will see how it goes.
However, again, I have to say congratulations to those that participated, and an even a bigger one to those that met the goal. Well done, writers!