November is National Novel Writing Month, when a community of writers from all over the world come together with a common goal: to write a novel in the month of November.
Reasons why you might want to participate
- Motivation. You’re part of a global community who all love to write. It helps to get pep talks by authors (who also serve as lit coaches – they take over the @NaNoWriMo Twitter handle to help motivate writers to reach their goal).
- You might get publishable work out of it. I mean, obviously it won’t be publishable right away. You’ll have to edit it later, but later. Just focus on the writing for now.
- Deals and Benefits. You get all kinds of deals with being a NaNoWriMo participant, including (but not limited to):
- Author pep talks and coaching
- Word-count helpers that prevent you from needing to keep track so you can just write!
- Free resources for inspiration on their blog, social media, and forums
- Night of Living Dangerously Write-a-thon – a classy event for NaNo participants to write for six hours in San Francisco, including dinner and drinks in the ballroom. Nothing like a good night out to get inspired, right?
- Special offers and discounts from sponsors. It never hurts to save on tools that will help you write!
How it works
- Sign up
- Change your social media photos to this to prove your commitment!
- Earn badges to help you along
- Don’t worry about editing. NaNo’s “Now what months” of January and February are dedicated to editing and making everything publishable.
If the word count (5,000) is too high for you, set your own goal this month. The important thing is to push yourself to write!