Now that the Novel Fair deadline has passed, it’s time to hop onto the next big writing venture: NaNoWriMo.
If you haven’t heard about NaNoWriMo before, worry not, because we’re going to give you the low down on the international writing sensation and how you can take part.
What is NaNoWriMo?
National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo as it’s more affectionately known, is a yearly writing movement that asks people from all over the world to write a novel in a month.
How it Works
On November 1st, you are challenged to complete 50,000 words of a novel by 11:39pm on November 30th. This is no mean feat, but it's fantastic motivation for finally finishing that novel.
NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has dreams of writing a novel and just needs that little push. It’s also a lot of fun and, best of all, it's free to take part.
Even better, some New York Times Bestsellers are former NaNoWriMo projects. For example, The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen and Wool by Hugh Howley all started off as NaNoWriMo projects and are now wildly successful. If that’s not inspiration, I’m not sure what is.
What are the Benefits
There are lots of benefits to joining. For one, it’s great inspiration for getting that story that has been floating around in your mind onto a page and make it a reality.
All you need is to put pen to paper, or finger to keyboard, and just start typing. The website also has daily hints and tips so you can hit your target by deadline day.
There are also forums to talk to other writers taking on NaNoWriMo.org
So whether you planned ahead, or you want to spontaneously write from November 1st and see where it leads you, NaNoWriMo might be for you.
It is also a great opportunity for anyone who submitted partial novels to Novel Fair 2017 and want to finish what you started, or even to try something new.
Don’t forget, you can always contact us here at Selfpublishbooks.ie. We are always happy to take a look at your work and get your story out there. We will also be posting tips and tricks during NaNoWriMo to help you reach your goal, so be sure to check out our upcoming blogs.
Now: Ready, steady, write!