Ever thought about writing The Great American Novel? Well, what are you waiting for? November is National Novel Writing Month! Often shortened to NaNoWriMo, this is an annual, Internet-based creative project in which participants attempt to write a 50,000-word manuscript during the month of November.
NaNoWriMo’s focus is on the length of a work rather than the quality, encouraging writers to complete a draft to be edited later at the author’s discretion. The project started in July 1999 with 21 participants (called Wrimos). By the 2010 event, more than 200,000 Wrimos took part and wrote a total of more than 2.8 billion words. Participants may see encouraging messages from well-known authors on the website, designed to motivate them throughout the process. It also provides participants with tips for dealing with writer’s block, information on where local participants are meeting, and a virtual community of support.
Looking to participate? You may register on the website, where you can post a profile and information on your novel. Word counts are validated on the site, with writers submitting a copy of their novel for automatic counting. Municipal leaders and regional forums help connect local writers. For more info visit: nanowrimo.org
The RI chapter of NaNoWriMo is in full swing for this event. If you’d like to participate, check out the NaNoWriMo Sprint Day at What Cheer Writers Club in Providence on Sunday, November 18 from 10am to 5pm. “NaNoWriMo participants can come and work side by side with snacks and support provided!” says What Cheer’s Jodie Noel Vinson. What Cheer Writers Club is a non-profit society dedicated to providing coworking and community for content arts. See our story at motifri.com/calling-all-creators