Today marks the first day of November, which means writers all over the world are participating in the National Write a Novel in a Month challenge. Personally, I have not tried to slay the dragon (also known as the novel) in this manner, but many writers love to challenge themselves in this way, much like a runner entering a marathon or other types of physically grueling endeavors. I can guarantee you won’t pull any hamstrings and you won’t have any side aches, but your brain might really hurt on December 1st. And while I don’t believe a truly awesome piece of work comes out of penning 50,000 words in a month, I do believe a writer can walk away with a solid foundation for a novel. I don’t know the statistics, but I know a lot of novels are the result of NaNoWriMo.
If this sounds like a challenge you’re interested in, you can find out everything you need to know at www.nanowrimo.org.
And for the younger writer, Nanowrimo.org sponsors a kid and teen version (17 and under), meaning the word count requirement is much lower than adults. I encourage any young writer to join in on the fun. Last year, 2000 classrooms and 60,000 young writers stepped up to the challenge. Love to write? Give it a try. You never know what you might come up with in thirty days. Click here to find out more.