NaNoWriMo


Sounds like something you’d expect to hear Mork from Ork say. I learned about a couple a days ago and decided yesterday to try.

It stands for National Novel Writing Month. It’s an annual event in November to challenge nano_09_blk_participant_100x100_1_pngpeople to write a novel in a month. The purpose is to set a deadline of 30 days to write something many people harbor a wish to do. The deadline helps writers to focus on the project.

The goal is to reach 50,000 words in order to “win” NaNoWriMo. The number is arbitrary. It’s about the length of “The Catcher in the Rye” or “Brave New World.” It’ll mean writing an average of 1,667 words a day to reach that plateau. Not sure if I’ll succeed…nothing ventured, nothing gained. I’m not harboring any illusions of literary fame but the idea sounds fun and challenging.

The idea is to just get words down in a first draft and allow the story to unfold before your eyes. The organizers acknowledge most of what people will write will be terrible, but one needs at least a first draft. Ernest Hemingway once said, “The first draft of anything is s**t.” That’s an encouraging quote coming from one of the greatest novelists of all time.

Information on NaNoWriMo is at www.nanowrimo.org.