The National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)

Completely in contrast with my previous Tips & Tricks, I’d like to put forward the NaNoWriMo competition, a competition that has grown immensely over the years and has spread to many countries.

NaNoWriMo is short for the National Novel Writing Month. NaNoWriMo starts on 1 November each year and ends on 30 November. That one month bases itself on writing as much of your novel as possible. Contestants are supposed to work towards the goal of writing 50,000 words. Chris Baty started the very first competition in 1999. 14 years later over 600 000 writers took on the challenge.

I haven’t entered the competition yet, but am planning to do so this November. Even though the result will not be a fully finished manuscript, it will likely provide a solid base for a future novel. It triggers the brain into fast thinking and leaves room for writing in its pure form: putting words on paper (or well… on your laptop) rather than re-writing what you wrote. There’s time for the latter after 30 November.

This year the competition starts during the weekend, a perfect time to take on the challenge and write those 50,000 words. Are you up to it?

Find the NaNoWriMo website here

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