National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is an event as well as a fun, fast approach to novel writing.
The Challenge: Write a novel in 30 days.
Participants began writing yesterday, Tuesday, November 1. The goal is to write a 50,000 word novel by 11:59:59, November 30.
Readers, that’s about 1700 words a day, for 30 days. Outlines, research, and other and preparation can be done before Nov. but the actual writing of the actual novel must be started from scratch. Due to the limited writing time the object is quantity over quality or as the organization puts it, “Valuing enthusiasm and perseverance over painstaking craft.”
History of NaNoWriMo:
The first NaNoWriMo happened in 1999, in the San Francisco Bay area with 21 participants. The 2nd year 140 writers participated. The 3rd year a web site was added and 5,000 joined the challenge. In 2010, the 12th year: 200,500 participated and 37,500 won—completed the challenge. 2,872,682,109 words were officially logged during the event.
Karen LeRosier’s Personal Challenge:
I’ve been whining that I can’t get myself motivated to write. I decided to use the NaNoWriMo challenge to motivate me. Since I value quality and quantity, and I’ll be taking a week off to prepare for and entertaining on Thanksgiving, I set my own personal goals. When I reach this goal Nov. 30, I won’t be an official winner but I can blow my own horn. I hope my readers will cheer me over the personal finish line I’ve created.
- Research, develop characters, world-build and organized this information in a Scrivener file—writing software I’ll be learning as well. (Scrivener is offering a free trial for the month and 1 week.)
- Create a detailed outline of the story and major plot lines.
- Write. (I might refine this goal later.)
- Maintain this blog with 3 feature blogs a week.
The week before, I did some mental brainstorming in preparation. I have a rudimentary premise, story line, characters, and some world-building.*
I’ll keep you apprized of my progress and share information about my story as the weeks play out.
I’m pumped and excited!
*World-building is the process of constructing setting, an imaginary world for the book to take place in. In the case of Urban Fantasy, location and landscape is real (or realistic) but some fantastical element is added, usually supernatural races and/or magic. The world-building is more about creating supernatural races, their abilities and physiology, societal systems, language, and how this impacts humans and their world.