NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month as its known, is a non-profit organisation that created a writing challenge where you have to write 50,000 words in November. A chance for writers each year to up their productivity or for new writers to start a project, regardless of what their final word count is.
The challenge is as intimidating as it sounds, especially for new writers undertaking the challenge for the first time. However, NaNoWriMo is the chance to be encouraged by other writers to make it to the 50,000 word mark with organised write ins, word sprints and other writing related events/tasks to try. The community can be so supportive and are designed to help you in whatever they can. The website has a section for you to find your local community so you can join them, even if it’s not in person. They might have a forum or a Facebook page you can check daily for help, inspiration or a kick up the ass.
While NaNoWriMo can help you reach 50,000 words, it doesn’t matter if you don’t reach the end goal. Any words you’ve written towards your project are still words written. There are plenty of people out there who want to write and always talk about their stories, but they never write them down. Taking the first step to write down actual words is the first huge step.
To summarise, NaNoWriMo is a great challenge to undertake if you’re new to writing or want to make serious leeway on your story, or simply for bragging rights. If you’re serious about writing, keep going even when the challenge is finished. You will finish that project if you do, I promise.
Since 2012, I’ve entered NaNoWriMo. Whether I’ve passed or failed isn’t that important, but I’ve at least tried to enter it every year since. Typically, I tracked my progress on my blog in the past. However, because I restarted my blog, I don’t feel like I can repost those blog posts so I’m including each year below.