What’s NaNoWriMo? Well, it’s National Novel Writing Month. The intention is to write a 50,000 word-novel during the entire month of November. All the real writing must start on November 1 and finish on November 30 at midnight. Participants can write in the language they choose. This is an international competition. Last year, there were about 250,000 adults and 50,000 young writers participating in this creative and challenging event. Those that enter the Young Writers Program, children under 17 years of age, are allowed to set their own word count. You’re probably wondering why would anyone want to try to write a minimum of 50,000 words in one month. Well, why not? It’s a chance to gain confidence and fluency, develop creativity, and learn to mange your time. The NaNoWriMo is also an excellent assignment for school teachers and language teachers. Go to educators to find helpful tips and lesson plans to help you get started. Below I’ve linked a video that shows how a class participated in the competition last year. It’s quite aspiring. Young writers can sign up there too. So, you’re probably wondering why am I babbling about this ambitious task? Drum roll please…I’m going to give it a try for the first time. This is what I have to do:
1. go to www.nanowrimo.org
2. sign in
3. write regularly
4. track my progress
5. get support and advice
6. network and meet with other writers online or in person
Why don’t you join me and write your story?
Sometimes when I think how good my book can be, I can hardly breathe.