No, it’s not Japanese. It stands for “National Novel Writing Month,” and is affectionately referred to as “NaNo.” NaNo is traditionally held during the month of November.
It is not a competition. But you can connect with other participants on the NaNoWriMo website and by using these social media hashtags: #nano #nanowrimo #nano19 #nanowrimo19 #amwriting and #wordsprints
The objective is to get as many words down on a work in progress (WIP) as possible during the 31-day sprint. You have “won” NaNo if you reach 50,000 words by the end of the month. That’s roughly 1,613 words per day.
If you’ve been stuck, slow, unmotivated, or just plain lonely, NaNo could be the event you need. There’s almost an electric current that flows through the writing community during NaNo. Encouraging each other. Motivating each other. Challenging each other.
It can be a very good thing.
Also, the reason I’m posting this a month early (in case you were wondering) is because October is NaNoPrepMo. Yep. Prep month.
If you’re planning on participating, October is your month to plot, brainstorm, craft characters, world build, and stock up on your favorite writing fuel (coffee, tea, pretzels, chocolate…Halloween candy).
Are you doing NaNoWriMo this November?
What’s your favorite writing fuel? (Mine is pretzels and a bottle of water)