NaNoWriMo is a challenged hosted at www.nanowrimo.org
Have you always wanted to write a novel, but have just never got around to it? Well, don’t let time slip by. If you don’t do it now you never will!
This month you are challenged to write a 50,000 word novel (first draft, ready to edit) by 11.59pm on November the 30th. That’s 1,667 words per day!
Before beginning the challenge, you will need to sign up so you can join thousands of other writers who are also taking part.
On the NaNoWriMo website, you will find no end of resources and this is also where you will be able to update your word count every day.
So, pick up that pen and get writing!
- In order to update your word count in November, first you will need to give your novel a title and this needs to be submitted in October. But don’t worry, you can always change the title at a later date!
- Starting on November 1st, you should aim to write at least 1,667 words per day and update your word count on the NaNoWriMo site. You will also earn achievement badges as you go!
- From the 20th November, you must paste the full text of your novel into the word-count validator. Once you’ve hit the project goal, make sure to validate your project to officially join NaNoWriMo’s winner’s circle.
- If you choose to also share your experience on Social Media, don’t forget to link back to @NaNoWriMo
The tag you should use on social media is
@NaNoWriMo @nanowrimo #nanowrimo
And if you found the challenge through this site, don’t forget to link back to us too (details shown below). With your permission, we may even link back to your novel on our blog!
As a reminder, please tag us on social media
- Twitter: @KickCreatives
- Facebook: @kickinthecreatives
- Instagram: @kickinthecreatives
- Pinterest: @kickinthecreatives
And you should also add the following hashtag:
#kickinthecreatives and #NaNoWriMo
Share in our Facebook Group
You can also talk about your experience on our Facebook Group. We would love to see you there!
Tips to make things a little more manageable
- Remember the aim here is to write your first complete draft, ready for editing. You should not expect to have a complete and edited novel ready to publish!
- Decide in advance what genre you want to write. Is it a love story? A thriller? Or is it something a little more humorous?
- Try to have a beginning, a middle and an ending in mind before you start. If you don’t already know the ending, you won’t know where the story is going or how to get there. You should really plan this well in advance of November 1st, without actually writing any of the story down.
- You can also plan your characters in advance and think about where your story is based.
- Do NOT edit as you go along. Just get the story down. Don’t look back!
You can find out more about the challenge in the following places
Other November Challenges
Introducing our challenge ‘Kick Collage’. We are challenging you to experiment with collage in your work every day throughout November. You can complete the entire piece of art using images you’ve cut or torn. Alternatively, draw or paint over collage.
“Quick Kicks” are our monthly creative challenges that you can complete in 15 minutes or less per day. For ‘Quick Kick November’ we are challenging you to draw with a brush and ink/paint WITHOUT using a pen or pencil first, every day throughout the month.
KickTime is our monthly challenge designed for those creatives who would prefer to sink their teeth into one big project over the whole month, rather than to take part in lots of smaller ones. It’s designed to inspire any kind of creative project a story, a poem, a piece of art, a piece of music, the list is endless!
This month we are introducing ‘Linovember’ We are challenging you to do some printmaking and create a series lino prints during the month of November. And if you don’t have all the kit for lino printing, try experimenting with other materials!
#NaNonFiWriMo is a challenged hosted at www.writenonfictionnow.com Also known as WNFIN (Write Non-fiction in November), you are challenged to start and complete a work of non-fiction during the 30 days of November. So, pick up that pen and get writing!