It happens every year, as reliably as Turkey Day and Christmas and Tax Day. It’s the most grueling challenge you’ll ever love … and one we highly recommend.
National Novel Writing Month – you may know it as NaNoWriMo (nan-no-RYE-moe) — is an annual, internet-based creative writing project that challenges writers to pen an ambitious 50,000 words in the month of November. The writing marathon started in 1999 with fewer than two dozen participants, but it’s now estimated that more than 200,000 speed-writers make a run for the finish line every year.
An entire book in just four weeks? Impossible, you say? Not at all! To successfully complete the NaNoWriMo challenge, will need to write consistently most days from November 1 through November 30 and average about 1,667 words per day. For most writers, that means a couple solid hours of writing most days, as long as you focus on quantity over quality. Remember, the goal is not perfection but productivity — you can sort out the quality later.
The challenge, should you choose to accept it, could pay off for you in several ways:
- A much-needed kick in the pants. NaNoWriMo can kick-start a newbie’s writing efforts, or help an experienced author see what happens when they loosen up and freestyle for a while.
- Opportunity to connect and promote. At the very least, the project is a great writing exercise – and a chance to promote yourself as an author or your future book. In the true spirit of this virtual writing challenge, use social media to turn NaNoWriMo into a prime marketing opportunity by engaging with other writers and followers and updating them on your progress toward this herculean task.
- A chance to flesh-out unexplored ideas. Perhaps you have a nugget of an idea that’s lingered in the pages of a notebook for years with nowhere to go. Expand on that. NaNoWriMo is not about creating a work of genius – although many authors have produced books that are quite good – but about pushing yourself. Even if your idea doesn’t pan out exactly as you expected, the exercise may take you on a very good path that you can hone later.
- Increased odds of publishing. Most of us don’t have deadlines with our personal, self-publishing projects; it’s one of the best and worst things about flying solo. NaNoWriMo forces you to finish in record time. Many NaNoWriMo participants have even gone on to have their projects published!
As if those advantages weren’t incentive enough, once you’ve completed NaNoWriMo (and polished those 50,000 words to perfection), you can take advantage of services such as One-Click Publishing packages for Fiction to get your newly penned book to print.
Now, get cracking!
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