This year, I plan to enter and finish National November Novel Writing Month. I’m thinking something sci-fi or cyberpunk. The event, officially known as NaNoWriMo is a non-profit contest which challenges aspiring and professional novelists to complete a fictional work of prose reaching 50,000 words or more.
Per http://nanowrimo.org/about, NaNoWriMo is a non-profit organization, dedicated to helping writers foster their creativity and meet the goal of 50,000 words by 11:59 P.M. on Nov. 30. In addition to the usual Nov. event, NaNoWriMo also holds a virtual writing retreat, a children’s writing workshop, fundraisers and more.
Potential writers are given access to tools and advice via the official event website. Students interested in participating in NaNoWriMo should sign up for an account on their official website. The website provides help, advice, a place to write and inspirational forums.
In addition to this, several libraries are and academic institutions across the country participate in NaNoWriMo Write-In Events. Several Write-In events are held throughout the country for aspiring novelists.
The write-in events will feature the opportunity to write as many words for a novel as possible, with assistance being provided by library staffs and online assistance through NaNoWriMo.
Since its establishment in 1999, NaNoWriMo has yielded quite a few popular novels through its history. Trivia and Miscellaneous publication, Mental Floss Magazine, recently published a list of NaNoWriMo winners: books that have all been published and are currently being sold in bookstores and online. The list can be found here: http://mentalfloss.com/article/53481/14-published-novels-written-during-nanowrimo.
Some well-known novels, such as “Water for Elephants” by Sara Gruen were past NaNoWriMo winners. “Water for Elephants” was made into a movie in 2011.
NaNoWriMo allows fiction in any genre and there are no fees involved with the contest. More information can be found at http://nanowrimo.org. I plan to get started now, rather than wait until November. Wish me luck; I’ll need it.