2 November 2014

Just A Friendly Reminder That NaNoWriMo Still Exists

That's "write," folks: NaNoWriMo commenced yesterday and is up and running once again.

(Forgive the pun. It was uncalled for.)

Let's discuss.
Image via The White Hindu.

Notes to anyone who doesn't know: NaNoWriMo (a nickname for National Novel Writing Month) is celebrated annually in November. From the first day to the thirtieth, people can make a commitment to write 50,000 words -- that's roughly a 200-page book -- before December.

NaNoWriMo is also an organisation that directly relates itself to charities, programmes, and the like. (Not to mention, they also have some super-cool products for sale.) You can donate your time, money, and/or energy to NaNoWriMo whether it's November or not.

A few more details:
Image via NaNoWriMo.org.

Plenty of well-known fiction novels have been created as part of NaNoWriMo. This list compiled by the official organisation mentions popular titles like Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen and Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins.

You can easily get involved in your local community, too. Most libraries and bookstores anticipate November simply because it's NaNoWriMo. Go there or someplace else for writing support, inspiration, and suggestions. Talk to librarians, booksellers, and other people who seem interested in NaNoWriMo -- yes, it's perfectly okay to have a conversation with the young-adult woman sitting on a tall chair at the farthest table of the café, even though she is hunched over her laptop and there are angry scribbles and a few coffee drops on her notepad. (She won't be upset with the interruption. Maybe.)

Ask any of these people (well, maybe not the lattermost) to read part of the first chapter of your new novel. It's all right to be sort of shy; just say something along the lines of, "Hey, I'm writing a new book at the moment and I would really value your opinion on it. Do you mind reading a little bit of it, please?" You don't even need to mention NaNoWriMo, if you don't want to. Nonetheless, the idea of lending somebody your work is still intimidating no matter who it is, so if it makes you feel better, ask a friend or family member instead, or even your English teacher.

If you're extremely intrigued by this but are unsure of where to start ("Oh.. I wasn't planning yesterday to start writing a big bad book!!"), don't even fret. NaNoWriMo has some resources and a suggested route for you to use.

Plus, you get to take personal pride in the fact that you, yes you, are reflected in that gorgeous and nifty badge pictured above.

Visit NaNoWriMo's website and start soon!

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