Next Saturday, NaNoWriMo begins. That funny word stands for National Novel Writing Month, during which thousands of writers will each, hopefully, produce a 50,000 word novel. I’ve done this before, and I can tell you it’s exhilarating, frustrating, panic-inducing, maddening and wonderful. For me, it’s a collective impetus that really helps, and feels *great*. Are you interested in giving it a try? Do it! If you don’t reach 50,000 words, no one will judge you. This is a personal-goal sorta thing. And whether you manage to produce a dozen words, or fifty thousand, or somewhere in between, you’ve written words that might otherwise never have existed. That is a wonderful thing.
NaNoWriMo 2013 at a Glance
310,095 participants started the month of November as auto mechanics, out-of-work actors, and middle school English teachers. They walked away novelists.
651 volunteer Municipal Liaisons guided 595 regions on six continents.
89,500 students and educators told their stories with the Young Writers Program.
650 libraries opened their doors to novelists through the Come Write In program.
And in 2014, 55,774 Campers tackled a writing project during Camp NaNoWriMo.
Learn more at National Novel Writing Month