Do you have a story to tell? Have you ever even remotely considered writing a novel of your own? Sure, it's a daunting task, and how do you even find the time to commit to it? Perhaps a little help, focus, and a community of support is what you need. What I'm talking about is coming up quick, and that is National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo.
I've written on this topic many times, as I do think it is an absolutely brilliant, and well executed, idea. NaNoWriMo is really all about setting a personal goal of writing 50,000 words of a novel within the month of November. Yes, that's only 30 days, but it can be done with a bit of help from a large community of people around the globe working towards this same goal.
NaNoWriMo initially started in 1999 with just 21 participants, and the numbers grow every year. Last year, there were over 400,000 participants. And, there have been a good number of success stories to come out of NaNoWriMo, as hundreds of NaNoWriMo novels have been traditionally published, including Sara Gruen's Water for Elephants, Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus, Hugh Howey’s Wool, Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl, Jason Hough’s The Darwin Elevator, and Marissa Meyer’s Cinder.
It is still a lofty goal, and there will undoubtedly be much more work ahead for you if you do reach that 50,000 word milestone in the month of November. But, there is plenty of help and comraderie to be found with fellow writers around the globe. The first step awaits you at the NaNoWriMo website, where you can create your profile, get in touch with writers in your local area, and get the tools and inspiration you need to push through. So, why not give it a shot?
NaNoWriMo is coming. Are you up for the challenge?
Nick C Sorbin (Nick Charles) is a former Managing Editor of 9 years for Renderosity's CG Industry News. By day, a mild-mannered Certified Pharmacy Technician working in both home infusion and a hospital ER, contrasting creative outlets as a digital artist, sculptor, musician, singer/songwriter, and Staff Writer for Renderosity Magazine. Read his articles