Have you ever wanted to write a book, but did not know where or how to start? As luck would have it, November is National Novel Writing Month! This annual event, known colloquially as NaNoWriMo, seeks to give people the “tools, structure, community, and encouragement” to start and finish a novel draft in a single calendar month.
Started in 1999 as a simple challenge to write a 50,000 word novel during the month of November, NaNoWriMo has grown into a full scale non-profit organization that seeks to encourage creativity and free expression, as well as teach skills such as time and project management. NaNoWriMo partners with schools and libraries, as well as agencies such as the National Arts and Disability Center and the California Arts Council, to help spread and instill values of community, diversity, accessibility and inclusion.
Sign up at the NaNoWriMo website, and you can connect with a community of other writers and participants, track and share your writing progress, and gain access to other tools to help you stay motivated and on track to hit that 50,000 word milestone in thirty days. Are you up to the challenge? If it is too late to start this year, you can always get a head start on planning your 2021 NaNoWriMo adventure!