NaNoWriMo 2016

Image courtesy of National Novel Writing Month.

NaNoWriMo is just over a week through for the 18th year running and already the participants have written over 17 million words.

The annual writing even takes place in November and the challenge is simple: write a 50,000-word novel in one month.

NaNoWriMo has grown exponentially since its humble origins, with 21 friends, including Chris Baty, taking up the challenge.

“We had taken the cloistered, agonized novel-writing process and transformed it into something that was half literary marathon and half block party,” Mr Baty says.

“If my friends and I could write passable novels in a month, I knew, anyone could do it.”

In 2015 there were roughly 430,000 participants and this year’s NaNoWriMo is set to be just as large and just as fruitful.

Since the events conception in 1999, over 250 of the participants have gone on to publish their NaNoWriMo novels, including the acclaimed “Water for Elephants” by Sara Greun.

Once you sign up to participate, you set the title of your manuscript and, in November, get to writing.

You can interact with other writers taking on the challenge and update your word count to keep track of your progress.

The successful participants walk away at the end of November with the satisfaction that they are novelists and a place in the “winner’s circle”.

If you’re interested in checking out NaNoWriMo for next year, you can find the website here.

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