Or NaNoWriMo, as it is affectionately called, has started again today, Tuesday 1st November.
It has been running for a number of years, though I personally only heard about it for the first time two weeks ago – and signed up.
A rash move you might think, especially when you discover that what you sign up for is writing 50,000 words in one month. Yes that’s right, you get 1st to 30th November to complete a ‘novel’ or 50,000 word story. Though no-one checks, or reads as you go along, the exercise is meant to give motivation; no research, no faltering, or procrastination (my favourite activities) just write every day – something. Worry later about editing and so forth.
“National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing.
On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30.
Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought about writing a novel.”
NaNoWriMo’s own press release states: “Last year, NaNoWriMo welcomed 431,626 participants in 633 different regions on six continents. Of these, more than 40,000 met the goal of writing 50,000 words in a month.”
If you fancy a ‘kick in the pants’ (my reason for joining) then go to: