The month of November houses many events for activities and food, but one such event has increased in popularity over the past few decades, the National Novel Writing Month. The point of the event is to write 50,000 words in 30 days. There are rules on how, (see https://nanowrimo.org/how-it-works) but they are optional in most cases. Why 50,000? It’s a round number that is somewhere between Novella and Novel size. How does one write this much in 30 days? By tackling it 1,667 words each day. The trick is to focus on the writing and turn off the editor. There’s a whole other month set aside for the editing – it’s called February or NaNoEdMo.
How long has this been going on? In 1999, it was organized amongst a small group on the west coast. It’s now a worldwide event, run by a non-profit group that sets up sponsorship for young writers and educators. According to their website, 402,142 people participated last year.
The steps are easy. One just simply visits https://nanowrimo.org/ to sign up. Then, on November 1st sometime after 12:01am, the writer starts writing either by hand or by keyboard. At some point, before the end and often periodically all through the month, the writer updates the word count on the website’s tracker, or not. Finally, at some time before November 30th at midnight, the writer stops writing and uploads their document to the word count authenticator (there are ways to estimate with handwritten books – though I have never walked this route so I’m not certain how, but the information is on the site).
Why should someone do this? It’s an outlet of creativity. It’s a challenge. It’s fun sometimes. It gives one a chance to try something new. And… maybe the story is published like one of these hundred plus writers: https://nanowrimo.org/published-wrimos
What does this have to do with Wright State University? The Dunbar Library is going to host a Write-In on November 25th from 2-5 in the Library Group Study Room. Though some of the NaNoWriMoers tend to write at home or in dark corners of coffee shops, some gather at Write-Ins, where participants can write on their own, get inspiration from each other, challenge each other, and share in the community of other writers. Mark your calendar and join us. 50,000 words isn’t that much; this blog post is already just shy of 400 words.