November 1st-30th–National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo to those in the know)–is when anyone who’s ever considered writing a novel tries. Words pour from pens like an avalanche in the Swiss Alps with the goal of finishing a novel in a month. People stop watching TV, making dinner, visiting social media, and worrying about COVID–all in the name of literary passion.
- 552,335 writers participated in our programs, including 97,439 students and educators in the Young Writers Program.
- 906 volunteer Municipal Liaisons guided 671 regions on six continents.
- 448 libraries, bookstores, and community centers opened their doors to novelists through the Come Write In program.
- 71,832 Campers tackled a writing project—novel or not—at Camp NaNoWriMo.
But there are reasons not to do it. Meredith Phillips over at her YT channel about writing shares her thoughts:
Any time but November, a novel would take from one to ten years to complete (twenty-two for my first), exhaust the writer and infuriate those close to them who don’t understand how sitting in a hard chair and talking to fictitious people can be so gal-darn fascinating. I wanted to find a good video to share how to prepare for NaNo–there are a ton of them! Here’s one from Kate and Abbey, a sister team that shares writing thoughts. Here’s what they suggest to prepare if you are participating (8,000+ views so they have a few followers!):
If you can’t decide, feel free to read my history of indecision, every year for a decade with mixed results. Here are a few of the articles in the long stream:
This year, I’m at a completely wrong spot for a new book. I’m editing the last of my Dawn of Humanity trilogy, not yet ready to mentally move on to the next trilogy in the series, This Savage Land. If you’re going to try this, kudos! NaNo has a lot of resources on their website to help you along. Here’s one about finding a topic:
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Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Man vs. Nature saga, the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers, and the acclaimed Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, blog webmaster, an Amazon Vine Voice, a columnist for NEA Today, and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. Look for her next prehistoric fiction, Natural Selection, Winter 2022