Happy Day One of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)!

by • November 01, 2012

Have you ever thought about writing a novel? November may be the month for you!

If you are new to NaNoWriMo and are curious about the project, here’s what the official NaNoWriMo page has to say about it:

National Novel Writing Month is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to novel writing. Participants begin writing on November 1. The goal is to write a 50,000-word (approximately 175-page) novel by 11:59:59 PM on November 30.

Valuing enthusiasm and perseverance over painstaking craft, NaNoWriMo is a novel-writing program for everyone who has thought fleetingly about writing a novel but has been scared away by the time and effort involved.

As you spend November writing, you can draw comfort from the fact that, all around the world, other National Novel Writing Month participants are going through the same joys and sorrows of producing the Great Frantic Novel. Wrimos meet throughout the month to offer encouragement, commiseration, and—when the thing is done—the kind of raucous celebrations that tend to frighten animals and small children.

In 2011, we had 256,618 participants and 36,843 of them crossed the 50K finish line by the midnight deadline, entering into the annals of NaNoWriMo superstardom forever. They started the month as auto mechanics, out-of-work actors, and middle school English teachers. They walked away novelists.

Getting involved in NaNoWriMo is easy, either as a writer or a supporter of the participants in your region. If you wish to be counted as a writer during this month, be sure to sign up and track your writing at the NaNoWriMo page. Though it is a U.S. National Novel Writing Month, writers from all over the world are allowed to participate. At least two of the Grammarly staff are going to be involved with NaNoWriMo; why not join us?

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