It’s October 31st. All over the country, tiny costumed children are running around trying to score candy from well-meaning adults. By tomorrow afternoon, they will be running on a sugar high powerful enough to conquer the globe. But while they sleep, something magical will happen.
At 12 midnight, in the wee hours of the night that separate Halloween from November 1st, thousands of wannabe (and not-so-wannabe) writers around the globe will hunker down with a fuzzy blanket, the beverage of their choice, a bunch of notes, and their computer to take part in NaNoWriMo 2013! National Novel Writing Month (or NaNoWriMo for short or NaNo for shorter) is where writers dedicate one month (November, specifically) to pound of 50,000 words on the work-in-progress (WIP) of their choice. To “win” NaNo, all you have to do is write 1,667 words a day for 30 days. Some people do more, because they’re overachievers.
Different people participate in NaNo for different reasons. Some participate just for fun. Some participate just to see if they can do it. Some use NaNo as a way to really kickstart their WIP, while others use it as a way to end their already started WIP with a bang. NaNo is not meant to create perfect, ready-to-publish novels on the first go. In fact, December is sometimes called NaNoReMo (National Novel Revision Month) as a way to remind NaNo participants to take time to edit and revise once they’re finished. Nor is NaNo to be used to create a completed tome, as 50,000 is small for most young adult or adult novels. (It’s okay for some middle-grade books, though.)
If you’re interested in participating, you can find out more details here and here and a quick Google search will give you more helpful hints and tips than you’ll probably need. I, for one, plan to be in bed come midnight November 1st. I like my sleep. However, I may participate this year, though I reserve the right to back out at any point. I don’t like being trapped into things. I have no interest in being a serious writer, but I like the idea of completing a task just to see if I can. If you’d like, you can add me as a writing buddy.
Now, I’m off to see if I can steal some candy from my little sister. Happy writing, everyone!