Wednesday, October 22, 2008

November is NaNo Month!

Nine days from today an estimated 100,000 participants will start out on the novel writing journey of a lifetime. Yes, it's NaNoWriMo time again:
By November 30th last year, more than 15,000 participants had crossed the finish line and completed a 50,000 word rough draft of a novel (of sorts) in thirty days. The remaining eighty-some thousand walked away with a kernel of an idea, a partial draft, a great experience, new friends, or like me, simply used the collective energy to further their own writing goals in their own way.
I like the excitement and camaraderie (or maybe just the misery with company) of all those intrepid fiction kamikazes barreling into the great unknown.
NaNo tends not to be for the published writer, it's more of an exploration, although, several published authors I know participate in some form or another and some participants have worked their NaNo drafts into their first commercially viable published novel--Lani Diane Rich comes to mind.

As if NaNoWrimo wasn't cool enough, self-described as "a global, uproariously fun endeavor, where participants exchange advice and writing tips on the NaNoWriMo website and in real life, with group write-ins held in coffeeshops, living rooms, and libraries all around the world, there's this:
The NaNoWriMo Young Writers Program also takes place in November, offering a similarly exhilarating prose adventure for 12-and-under authors and those taking part in NaNoWriMo as part of a K-12 classroom. In addition to motivation-raising goodies for the young writers, NaNoWriMo provides teachers, youth librarians, and homeschooling parents with resources and curriculum to help get kids and teens excited about writing. In 2007, over 18,000 students took part in National Novel Writing Month's Young Writers Program.
Script Frenzy brings the hands-on, inclusive approach of NaNoWriMo to the world of screenplays, stage plays, and TV scripts. Either individually or as part of a writing team, Script Frenzy participants first learn the basics of scriptwriting, including structure and formatting, before rolling up their sleeves and writing their own 100-page blockbuster (or art-house masterpiece) in the month of April. Script Frenzy launched in 2007 and had over 7,000 participants its first year.
In Script Frenzy's
Young Writers Program, kids and teens spend March taking part in a fun, four-week online boot camp to help get them up to speed on plot, characters, and scriptwriting conventions. After a month of learning and practicing, they'll try their hand at writing their own movie, play, TV show, or comic book script.

Guest authors are always welcomed. Check out the programs. Maybe offer yourself up to blog or speak. Maybe just participate or lurk.
The enthusiasm and joy of these fledgling writers may be just what you need on a dark and stormy November night.
Susan Goodwill

Susan Goodwill writes the Kate London Mystery Series published by Midnight Ink

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Sue Ann Jaffarian said...

Every November I crank out at least 55,000 words ... and I didn't even know about NaNo Month! January 1st is my annual deadline for my next Odelia Grey novel, and every year, due to procrastination and simply life getting in the way, I spend November cranking on my manuscript like a maniac. I do the bulk of it in November and this year it will be no different.

It's rather comforting to know that thousands of others will be slaving away with me. :)

Is there also a June or July Novel Writing Month? That's when I put the pedal to the metal on my Granny Apple series?

Mark Combes said...

If nothing else, this program teaches you that you eat the elephant one bite at a time. That you have to keep at it. Be diligent. Make writing a habit. And in the end, you'll have something resembling a manuscript.

And for me, that's when the real fun of writing begins - the re-writing....

Keith Raffel said...

Mark, Is elephant kosher?

G.M. Malliet said...

I've always meant to do this. This may be the year.