NaNoWriMo: The Ultimate Writing Challenge
As strange as it may seem to try writing an entire novel in only a month, NaNoWriMo (so called because "National Novel Writing Month" is quite a mouthful) must be working for some writers. NaNo is in its sixteenth year in 2014, and in each of the preceding years it has grown in terns of the total number of participants, as well as those who have completed the challenge.
In 2013 there were 310,095 NaNoWriMo participants from all around the globe, including 89,500 students and their teachers. A further 55,774 writers came back during the summer for the Camp NaNoWriMo event. While it may not be turning out masterpieces, NaNo is getting writers of every calibre moving!
Wrimos, as participants are called, are provided with the challenge and a virtual meeting place where they can ask questions, seek support, or brag about their accomplishments. At the end of the challenge, there are some helpful resources for those authors who want to self-publish.
Sharing the actual text of one's novel is completely optional. The book is uploaded once in order to determine its word count, but the site actually has a tutorial on how to mask the text for this purpose. No novel is ever stored on the site or read by anyone associated with NaNoWriMo.
If you have always dreamt of being a novelist, and you enjoy a bit of a crazy challenge, NaNoWriMo might be just the thing to get you moving too!
Disclosure : The author is not an official representative of NaNoWriMo and is in no way rewarded for mentioning this writing challenge.
Note: This content is an adaptation of an earlier piece the author published on the now defunct Yahoo Voices web site
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