Today is November 1st, the first day of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). Now in its 16th year, NaNoWriMo has grown from 21 participants the first year to over 300,000 in 2013. The goal of the participants is to complete a ‘novel’ of at least 50,000 words by 11:59PM on November 30th. With online forums and local writer meetups, NaNoWriMo has become a fun way to jump into free-flow writing.
Three years ago I participated and I have my badge to show I completed the 50,000 words. For someone who is known to take hours reworking one paragraph, this kind of writing “throw down”, was a huge challenge. I have yet to go back and reread my ‘novel’ – there may be one or two salvageable bits – but I find it awfully tempting to just hit the delete key.
It’s encouraging however to see just how many wrimos have had their novels published through traditional publishers.
This month I’d be thrilled to complete a long overdue screenplay rewrite which should come in at less than half the Nano word count requirement. I’ll keep you posted!