Don’t Panic: National Novel Writing Month Approaches

This isn’t a homework post. This isn’t even a really important post. I just figured, since it’s been haunting me all week and the site just relaunched today, I’d say:

NaNoWriMo is Coming Soon!

NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month, as you can assume from the title, is an incredible month where hundreds of thousands of people all over the world go completely mental. They all decide that they can write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. That’s an average of 1,667 words a day. That’s, like, a decently sized essay every day.

I don’t even celebrate Thanksgiving anymore, the month between Halloween and Christmas is NaNo.

The event started in 1999, and has picked up a lot of speed since then. If you want to read more facts about it, you can check out this page. There have even been a lot of novels from NaNo that got published, like Sara Gruen’s Water for Elephants. That’s, like, really cool to a little ol’ English Major like me.

Anyway, I just wanted to make this post to tell anyone who didn’t know, and might want to try it out! It’s a totally feasible thing, especially if you’re a) good at organizing your time or b) don’t want to see sunlight for an entire month. And it’s extra good if you’ve had that novel idea sitting around for months that you’ve just needed the push to begin writing. I’ve been participating since 2009 (a wee 10th grader), and I enjoy it every year.

So check it out if you’ve never heard of it!

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