NANOWRIMO starts today. Many aspiring novelists around the world will begin writing their books. They have until the end of November to write 50,000 words in order to be considered a NANWRIMO contest winner.
Last year, 402,142 people participated in this annual online contest. They filled out a profile on nanowrimo.org and started writing. Throughout the month, they had the opportunity to earn badges for hitting certain word counts. 34,214 participants completed first drafts of their novels. Relatively few of these novels ever get published but I am not sure that matters. I think it would be an accomplishment just to complete a novel regardless of how many people read it.
So, will I be participating this year? Although, I feel like I have a novel in me, I won’t be a NANOWRIMO-er this year. It’s simply because I know a novel is not a sprint for me. It’s a marathon and I have not trained properly. It’s been a challenging year and I have had a lot of distractions which have kept me from writing.
I am inspired to start getting my writing chops back though. So, NANOWRIMO may have already helped me with its mere existence. I’ll be happy if I have completed a novel by the end of NEXT November!
Good luck to all the NANOWRIMO-ers who are getting started today. May you exceed your daily words counts and complete your first drafts by November 30th! You can do it!