I have heard many people express that “One day I’d like to write a book”, but comparatively very few people say that they had actually gone through the tribulation of producing a completely new work of literature. Why? Well, because writing an entire book is hard; imagine writing upwards of 50,000 words non-stop with only your thoughts keeping you company!
National Novel Writing Month (Nanowrimo) is an initiative which began in 1999 meant to help new aspiring writers take a swing at tackling their own novel. Every year between November 1st and November 30th, the Nanowrimo.org site comes to life as 300,000 potential authors collate into one massive social support network.
Registration is super quick and completely free. After you’ve set up your account, you’ll be given your own email that you can use to communicate with other writers or receive inspirational messages from famous, successful authors. Tamora Pierce and Veronica Roth have already shared their words of wisdom for this Nanowrimo, but in the past, huge names such as Neil Gaiman, Lois Lowry, and Lemony Snicket have put in their two cents.
The real treat about the Nanowrimo experience is the word count. The counter is always available on your screen, and every time you update it the site will calculate your daily average, the percentage you have done, and the amount per day you must complete in order to make it to the “Big 50K.”
It’s not too late to join—we still have more than two weeks left! If you’re interested in learning more, writing a book, or just making an account follow the links below!