ATTENTION ALL YOUNG WRITERS: NANOWRIMO STARTS NOVEMBER 1ST!
Are you a young writer 17 years of age or under who has always wanted to participate in NaNoWriMo? Well, you can!!! Did you know that NaNoWriMo has a Young Writers Programme just for you?
WHAT IS NANOWRIMO?
In its 20th year, NaNoWriMo or National Novel Writing Month happens every November! It’s a fun-filled, writing-fueled, seat-of-your-pants writing event where the challenge is to write an entire novel in just 30 days. Participants begin writing November 1 and must finish by midnight, November 30. The word-count goal for the adult program is 50,000 words, but the Young Writers Program (YWP) allows young writers to set reasonable individual word-count goals.
Every year approximately 100,000 young writers participate check out their website and sign up to participate…..http://ywp.nanowrimo.org/
NaNoWriMo allows an individual to silence their inner critic, as it does tend to emphasize quantity over quality. For those writers who are often intimidated by their inner critic the urgency of the contest motivates them to push through fears, the need for perfection and keep writing. With the fast pace of NaNoWriMo, adult writers need to produce approximately 1667 words per day so there is not a lot of time left for editing or worrying. Young writers can choose a goal which is achievable to you. With school, homework and afterschool activities you can set a reasonable goal for you to reach.
NaNoWriMo hosts writing events to provide participants with an active supportive community and raises money via donations as well as sales of promotional items, which it donates approximately 50% of its net intake to reading charities.
NaNoWriMo has proven to be a popular contest and does not appear to be slowing down. The first year only 21 people participated to date the number reached 798,162 participants producing approximately 367,913 novels. NaNoWriMo initially began to instigate and inspire writers to create impromptu novels, and it has become an exceptionally successful contest. In fact, many of those NaNoWriMo novels became rough drafts which eventually became published novels. Books such as Water for Elephants, by Sara Gruen, The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern, Fangirl, by Rainbow Rowell, Wool, by Hugh Howey, The Darwin Elevator, by Jason M. Hough and Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress by Marissa Meyer were all born out of NaNoWriMo.
PREPARING FOR NANOWRIMO
We are a mere week away to the start of this year’s NANOWRIMO and if you haven’t started making plans it’s not too late.
There is no set way on how to write a novel, everyone has their own way. You may have heard the phrase “Plotter or Pantser” which describes whether a person outlines their novel before writing it or whether they fly by the seat of their pants and go without making too many plans. There are benefits of doing it both ways and it really is all about what works for you. I, myself, am an outliner, I like having a rough map of where I’m going before I set out. I plan out my chapters and create my characters in advance of sitting down to write. While some feel this is way too stifling and can’t be quite as creative it helps give me a framework to keep the story moving forward and avoid getting stuck for ideas halfway through. If I’m struck by some paths or ideas that aren’t on my outline I still draft out the scenes and see if they’ll fit in down the road. I recommend you follow the path that feels right for you. If you are not sure where to start there are some great books out there. Two I recommend are No Plot, No Problem by Chris Baty, the founder of NANOWRIMO and Outlining Your Novel by K.M. Weiland. Both are incredibly good books that each offer a unique perspective on whether to plot or not. NaNoWriMo also has a great NaNo Prep handbook that’s free to download here.
Personally, I can’t wait until November first and I am putting the finishing touches to my story notebook, have already set up my outline on my computer and I’ve been busy creating a mood board for my new story on Pinterest and my writing soundtrack on Spotify, all to help keep me inspired and motivated while I write. Don’t forget to log-in, buddy up and get valuable tips and encouragement on the NaNoWriMo website please feel free to add me as a buddy here!