What is NaNoWriMo and Why You Should Participate

NaNoWriMo. It sounds like a chemical equation, but its not. In my humble opinion, its much, much better. National Novel Writing Month is the go-to event for writers it seems. What is NaNoWriMo? According to the creator the purpose is, to “Write a novel in a month! Track your progress. Get pep talks and support. Meet fellow writers online and in person.” Not to mention you can win great, nerdy prizes, chat with thousands of authors on forums, and they will even help with you after NaNo is over.

So the gist of what you’re doing sounds simple, write a 50,000 word novel (only slightly shorter than the first Harry Potter book) in the month of November. Now lets break it down. November has 30 days, so every day you want to write about 1,700 words.

50,000 divided by 30 is actually 1,666.666 but its not possible to write six-tenths of word.

So why participate in NaNoWriMo? Because its fun. Because its inspirational. Because everyone else does it. That last one is actually a terrible reason. Never do anything for that reason. But the most important reason to participate in NaNo should be because you want to. The more you really, really want to write, and really, really want to win, the better you’ll do.

Now that you’re participating, because hopefully you will, I’d like to take a moment to remind you that NaNoWriMo is a non-profit. If you want them to get better and continue they need your help. You can donate, purchase official NaNo merchandise, or even just tell others about it.

Its not November quite yet, so there’s still time to join, get ready, and get inspired. NaNo is meant to be fun, there’s no penalty for trying and failing. Many, many people don’t reach their word count every year. But what matters about NaNo is having fun, and trying something new that is meant to teach you something amazing.

One last word of advice. Open things in your NaNo inbox occasionally. Do not let this happen:

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Keep an eye out, soon I’ll post my top NaNoWriMo tips and tricks to make the month run as smoothly as possible.


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