National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo, or Nano) is an international writing event!
Participants from around the world challenge themselves to write a 50,000 word rough draft novel during the month of November. Novel writing officially begins at midnight on November 1st, and ends at 11:59pm on November 30.
The event values and promotes enthusiasm, determination, plus a firm starting point and deadline. NaNoWriMo is for anyone and everyone who has ever thought about writing a novel.
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The Big Question:
Why Would Anybody Do This??????????
Because it's fun (really)!
Writing 50,000 words in a month is a challenge, but it is not a dangerous one. There are no penalties if a person does not finish. Instead, there's congratulations for simply daring to start writing.
It's all about progress, not perfection.
In fact, Nanowrimo triple-dog-dares you to write an imperfect novel!
This novel is going to be a rough draft. And that rough draft is messy! It's full of plot holes, contradictions, spelling errors, breath-taking grammar mistakes, and to put it nicely, the whole thing is just one big imperfect mess.
But that big messy imperfect rough draft is a finished rough draft. Or, close enough.
Having that rough draft is why so many people, from all around the world, sign up for Nanowrimo.
The Next Big Question:
What Do People Get Out Of This??????????
Participate in NaNoWriMo and you get:
On November 30, Nano-ers everywhere get to stand up and say, "I wrote something! I am a writer!"
From there, the rough draft is one giant leap forward in so many ways. And the writer can do whatever they want with that draft. A writer can bury it, throw it into the ocean, whatever. A writer can even take their rough draft, rewrite, edit, and work on it until it is ready for publication. But that can only happen after that Nanowrimo rough draft is written.
Published Authors...Who got started with Nanowrimo!
Have you read any of these books (or watched the movies)?
These published authors, and many more, wrote their rough drafts during Nanowrimo and, after a lot of rewriting, got published!
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