NaNoWriMo 2016

NaNoWriMo 2016

I'm finally doing it - I'm participating in this year's National Novel Writing Month - Check out my Page and, if you're participating too, add me as one of your Writing Buddies - I need all the help and support I can get!

For those of you who don't know what NaNoWriMo is, let me explain . . .

NoNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month, and by signing up I'm committing to writing 50,000 words (minimum number of words in a novel) in the month of November for the annual, Internet-based creative writing project. 

The goal of NaNoWriMo is to get people writing and keep them motivated throughout the process. The event provides participants with tips for writer's block, local places writers participating in NaNoWriMo are meeting and an online community of support. The idea is to focus on completion instead of perfection (just finish the damn novel). NaNoWriMo focuses on the length of a work rather than the quality and encourages writers to finish their first draft so that it can later be edited at the author's discretion. NaNoWriMo's main goal is to encourage creativity worldwide. The project started in July 1999 with 21 participants, but by the 2010 event, over 200,000 people took part and wrote a total of over 2.8 billion words.

Writers wishing to participate first register on the project's website, where they can post profiles and information about their novels, including synopses and excerpts. Word counts are validated on the site, with writers submitting a copy of their novel for automatic counting. Municipal leaders and regional forums help connect local writers, holding writing events and providing encouragement.

So, wish me luck! Hopefully, I'll have the stick–to–itiveness to get my WIP finished and ready for the next step.


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