NaNoWriMo is a week away. The event hosted by the Office of Letters and Light, is in its 13th year and has grown from 21 original participants to over 250,000 in 2011. The concept behind NaNoWriMo is to get people writing – anything; for 30 straight days. The objective is not quality, it’s quantity. Winners are the participants who reach the 50,000 word finish line. The aim of the OLL is to encourage writers and those who have always thought about writing to put their nose to the grindstone and just get it done!
The rules are simple:
- Sign up at NaNoWriMo and fill out the registration here.
- You cannot submit a story you’re currently working on – the story must be new and started November 1st. Preparing your outline, synopsis and cover ahead of time are permitted.
- The story counter opens up November 1st and closes midnight November 30th.
- You must verify your word count by uploading your story [you have the option to scramble it so it can't be read by other participants] before the deadline.
- You may enter anytime between now and the end of November.
This event has strong support in the writing community and from service providers. i.e. Amazon and KDP, CreateSpace, Scrivener, Writer’s Digest and several others. Libraries and schools host write-ins for writers and students. A donation to NaNoWriMo brings creative writing courses, and workshops, to students and adults in 500 regions.
This will be my first year in NaNoWriMo; I’m looking forward to the challenge, and to seeing what I end up with. I think the most difficult rule to follow will be the, do not edit, at least until you have the day’s quota, which is 1667 words. They don't want you to edit until you have reached your quota because it slows down the process, people over think what they've written. The object is to finish - not to polish, this can come later.
Many books and resources are available, you may find a short list after the post, as well, and there is a plethora of websites on how to get through the event. I will post my progress on the NaNoWriMo site, which should automatically update, on my counter (located upper right corner of my blog). Wish me luck!
In case you're curious, the book I plan to write (and hope to finish) is titled
49 RATHGAR ROAD
Content and cover © S.L. Coelho
To my fellow participants, ad victoriam!
*note: I have no affiliation with any of the authors.
Happy writing friends ~