NaNoWriMo — What the heck is it?

November 1, 2012 — 2 Comments

Today is the first day of NaNoWriMo, and if you’re like I was, you think that’s something left over from the show H.R. Pufnstuf. You don’t remember H.R. Pufnstuf? Lucky you. Now that I’ve said that, I should probably go watch some clips of it. Maybe it’s better than I remember. I’ll do that in December after I’m done with NaNoWriMo.

So what it is? NaNoWriMo stands for the annual event known as “National Novel Writing Month” which has the purpose of encouraging people who want to write but are hemming and hawing when it comes to actually doing it. The goal is for individuals to write a 50,000 word novel in November. This may seem so ambitious it’s hard to imagine as something to encourage writing, but therein lies the beauty of it. The absurdity can make you laugh and say, “Why not?!” Plus, there is strength in numbers. If you can do this while thousands are doing it and sharing their war stories, all the better!

One of my blogging buddies shares his take on the process. I love the way he breaks it down, and I just love his bluntness.

For more information and support, see NaNoWriMo’s website.

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2 responses to NaNoWriMo — What the heck is it?


    I attempted NaNoWriMo a couple of years ago… as I was returning to school and taking an English class. It was a very bad idea for me. Made me feel like a failure for not finishing. I want to participate in it… hopefully next year, when I don’t already have a ton of writing to do!
    You can do this :) Have fun with it! Can’t wait to hear more about your experience.


    I’ve tried it before, but have decided not to bother this year. Haven’t got an idea for it, unless I start over from the failed project last year, but it’s a bit stressful and I’m really struggling with SAD and other things this year, so I’m taking a rest. Feel like just practicing writing in general instead. It’s great fun to do NaNo, though, especially when you actually manage to hit that magic mark. If you need a pep talk (or a shoulder to cry on), you know where to find me. Good luck! :D

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