Have I mentioned that November is National Novel Writing Month?
Ok, technically, it’s international since there are participants in many different countries, but the NaNoWriMo Nonprofit is a group dedicated to encouraging people to write. Their challenge is to write a 50,000 word novel in a month. If you join (I believe it’s free) and write and upload 50,000 words by November 30th, you will be a winner, and you will have access to goodies from their sponsors such as discounts on writing software and online publishing deals (as in, use this ebook publisher for a lower cost).
More importantly, you will have the start of a rough draft.
Wait. What? I thought this was about writing a whole novel in a month! That means I’ll have a whole rough draft, right?
Well, sorry to break it to you, but 50,000 words isn’t a novel (it’s around half). But it is a good start on one. For people who need a deadline to get work done (no matter how arbitrary), this could be a great motivator. Since there are also forums for the writers, it could also be a good way to talk to other writers around the world.
A small note of warning: some authors are a bit offended by NaNoWriMo (to put it lightly) and see it as a sort of mockery of the hard work they do year round.
While I am not going to participate (at least this year), I do not think that encouraging people to write more is a bad thing. At the very least, non-writers who try it may have more respect for how hard writing actually is. At the very best, the extra motivation might help someone to finish a book and get published.
Maybe, that someone will be you. What do you think? Are you going to try?