What in the world - some of you may be asking - is NaNoWriMo? It stands for National Novel Writing Month and it occurs each year November 1st - November 30th. During the thirty days you are challenged to turn off the ever-annoying internal editor and pound out a 50,000 word novel. Well, the first draft of said novel.
Last year was the first time I took on the NaNoWriMo challenge. I'm happy to say I finished off November 2009 with 53,700 words toward a brand new novel. As of now, I still have about ten percent of that book to complete. More on this in a near-future post.
I have never experienced anything like NaNo in my life. Obviously I loved it because I am definitely participating again this year. It's an exhilerating, chaotic, eye opening, amazing thirty days. Every moment spent working on my novel - whether alone or at a write-in with a group of writers - was worth it.
I can't say enough wonderful things about the NaNoWriMo experience. If you've ever thought you wanted to write a book - I encourage you to join the fun and the madness in November. The feeling of accomplishment when you reach your 50,000 words is brilliant. Go on, sign up. I promise, you have nothing to lose.