Today starts the beginning of NaNoWriMo – National Novel Writing Month.
This is an annual writing exercise – a challenge for writers to write a 50,000 word novel before the end of November. It doesn’t matter how good the novel is, the challenge is to write at least 50,000 words. Edit the novel later on. The challenge is to motivate authors to get that novel written.
I’ve taken on the NaNoWriMo challenge twice. The first time was three or four years ago. I had an idea for a novel. I’d written a few pages but didn’t get any further. I’m not a novelist but like many other writers I often think about writing a book. I think I wrote over 60,000 words that month. The finished novel ended up around 100,000 words.
It is still unpublished even though I’ve shopped it around to over 100 agents and publishers.
The following year I took on the NaNoWriMo challenge and wrote the sequel, or at least a good portion of the sequel. Due to other writing committments I wasn’t able to start writing a novel until about the 10th of the month. Eventually I finished that novel too. I’m still shopping around for a publisher.
I didn’t officially sign up with NaNoWriMo either time. I unofficially took the challenge on myself like many other writers do.
For more information, their website is: http://www.nanowrimo.org/