National Novel Writing Month is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to novel writing. Participants begin writing on November 1. The goal is to write a 50,000 word, (approximately 175 page) novel by 11:59:59, November 30.

Valuing enthusiasm and perseverance over painstaking craft, NaNoWriMo is a novel-writing program for everyone who has thought fleetingly about writing a novel but has been scared away by the time and effort involved.
– About NaNoWriMo

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), or just NaNo, started in 1999 and has been gaining speed and momentum ever since. This will be my first time and my reasons for participating include:

  1. I like attempting challenging, hard things
  2. NaNo may give me the answer to an important question “Can I write a novel?”
  3. It is a great exercise in creating the habit of writing

For NaNo, the exercise is all about Quantity and not Quality. I must write 50,000 words in November. I may end up with 50,000 words of truly horrendous rubbish, but I will have written a novel. Many people never get that far, and I really want to know if I’m in the 5-10% of people who can actually finish a first draft of a novel

Future exercises will see if I can produce something that people wish to read and possibly even pay for, but for now it’s about large volume output.

I’ve placed a widget on the right hand sidebar of the site that will show my NaNo progress during November. This should serve to motivate and/or embarrass me throughout November.

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