Across the world, writers are stocking up on caffeine, strapping themselves to their keyboards, and struggling to meet their word count goals for the day. At the end of the month, exhausted and triumphant, they’ll have 50k of their latest novel and a new feeling of community accomplishment.
That’s right—it’s November 1st, marking the beginning of National Novel Writing Month. National Novel Writing Month (or NaNoWriMo) began in July of 1999 in the San Francisco Bay area. Its statement of purpose is simple: write a novel in a month. 175 pages, 50,000 words. What began as a literary block party in California has become an international juggernaut. Forums keep authors in touch, word count bars keep them honest, and the intense deadline keeps them working. There’s even a NaNoWriMo for kids!
To find out more, head over to http://www.nanowrimo.org/.