Sunday, September 23, 2012

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)

Have you thought about writing a novel?

November is National Novel Writing Month, also known as NaNoWriMo. This event has been held since 1999. About 300,000 people are expected to participate this year.

You can sign up online and it’s free.  At the end of November, you upload your novel and if you meet the 50,000 minimum word count, you win prizes!

It sounds like fun. Write a novel in 30 days. Not a novel you’ve already started, but something brand new and fresh. Don’t worry about editing for proper grammar and punctuation. Just write and worry about the rest later. You can keep a copy and continue working on it as long as you like.  

People all over the world participate in NaNoWriMo . You might be able to find a group in your area. Some of them meet in person to write and socialize.

On the website of NaNoWriMo, you will find the rules, the history of the event, forums and more. The website will be updated soon for 2012. The information regarding last year’s event is still up if you want to take a look and get an idea of what to expect.

Hope to see you there in November!

Debbie A. Byrne has a B.S. in Mass Communication with a minor in History. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and is currently working on her first children’s book.


  1. I started it one year, but wasn't able to keep up! Takes discipline and to have no trips planned all month! good luck to all of you are participating this year!

  2. I'm thinking about doing it again this year.

  3. I've been thinking about joining the past couple of years, but never do. I'd love to try it! Maybe . . .

  4. I'd so love to do NaNoMoWriMo, but unfortunately I can't put my family or day job on hold for a month - maybe one year. Also my WIP requires so much research at this stage that I fear I wouldn't get far. But maybe one day!

  5. And for those writing non-fiction, join the nano-rebels at nanomowrimo

  6. I have been thinking about doing this, but need to know more about my work schedule first. I love the idea behind it and hope to participate! It sounds so exciting and I can imagine it is a ton of hard work- but so rewarding at the end!

  7. I did it in 2010 and in 2011. Got the 2010 novel published, am editing the 2011 novel and another. Am *nobly* resisting the urge to participate this year, as I want to finish editing the two I'm working on.

    I type fast. I work full-time, etc. But at over 50 words a minute typing speed, the problem is figuring out what to write. Writing it is, as always, the easy part.


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