Nov 1, 2017

NaNoWriMo 2017

Happy November and Happy National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)! NaNoWriMo started in 1999 in San Francisco, CA and has since grown to a worldwide celebration of aspiring novelists, young and old. The goal of the adult program is to write 50,000 words (the length of an average novel) in the month of November. Participants update their word count daily on NaNoWriMo's website where they can connect with other writers and receive feedback, encouragement, and inspiration.

NaNoWriMo also has a Young Writers Program (YWP) for authors under the age of 17. Participants can challenge themselves with a custom word count and receive access to a kid-friendly library of resources similar to the adult website. Throughout the month, writers can track their progress and receive badges for reaching various word count goals. Hit with a case of writer's block? The Dare Machine and Writing Sprints tools provide prompts and challenges to reboot your creativity.

What happens after November? The challenge doesn't stop just yet! December and January are traditionally thought of as editing and revision months to get your story in tip-top shape for publishing. Want to challenge yourself again? Camp NaNoWriMo in April and July gives writers another chance to continue their story or start a new one.

Think you're up for NaNoWriMo? Let us know in the comments! Then, come visit us at GMPL to stock up on your favorite novels for inspiration. We also have some nonfiction books to help you get started:

Happy writing!