Do you know what this wonderful word means? No ….. then let me tell you.

This wonderful word stands for National Novel Writing Month, This is where new and established writers challenge themselves to complete a novel in one month – the month of November from 1 through to 31 November. This is an annual creative writing challenge that is internet-based. This challenge is for budding or established writers to write 50,000 words of a new novel.

The goal of NaNoWriMo is not only to get people writing but to keep them motivated throughout the process. Their website is easy to find, understand and you can even sign up to be a part of this challenge and to partake in this very inspirational experience.

This challenge started back in 1999 with 21 participants, but since then hundreds of thousands of writers have actually completed a novel in one month – wow!! Great achievement don’t you think?

But could you do it?

Some of the statistics for 2013 can be found at which are very interesting, a couple of them are:

• Over 250 NaNoWriMo novels having already been traditionally published

You could be inspired to write your novel in a month and have a best seller on your hands!

• Some of these novels are from fantastic authors, such as Sara Gruen’s Water for Elephants, Hugh Howey’s Wool amongst many others.
Pep talks are also offered for NaNoWriMo participants and the 2014 author mentors are Veronica Roth, Tamora Pierce, Brandon Sanderson, Chuck Wendig, Kami Garcia, and Jim Butcher.

So if you register at the above link, you will have access to other writers around the world sitting the same challenge you are. However, you are also able to find and connect with writers in your area as they have the facility on their website for you to locate other writers by region. They also have assistance in the way of joining forums, inspirational links and a shop. However, if you want to support but not take place in the annual challenge then you can always make a donation on the website.

Ok, you’ve decided you would like to take up this challenge … what next?
A little organisation can go a long way. You could write approximately 1600 words every day, or maybe that might be a little too restricting, so how about 12,500 per week?

Whether you find it easier to nominate yourself for so many words per day or week it is the challenge that makes you want to go for the 50,000 to actually finish a novel in one month – but what a fantastic achievement. I would be very interested in any author who completes this challenge and ask that if any of you do, please, let me know. A completed challenge of this magnitude should always be congratulated.

So get your pens, paper, laptop or desktop ready for the annual 50,000 word novel challenge because if you’re up for the challenge – do it!!!

What have you got to lose?

So as  November draws closer, get yourself into the right headspace and let your words amass on your device of choice.

Good luck I’m sure you’ll have the best part of a winning novel on your hands.


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