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NaNoWriMo – Nov. 1-30

Every year thousands of writers from across the globe sit at their computers, still jittering from their sugar high after Halloween night, and begin typing the month of November away. The scientific term for this phenomenon is NaNoWriMo, also known as the annual National Novel Writing Month. It’s a serious infliction that releases creativity into the atmosphere and releases its host’s inhibitions for a full thirty days, always beginning November 1st.

During the month these considerably insane people opt to write a full 50,000 words just for the heck of it. Insane though it may be, many people actually seem to make this mark and some in a shocking twist even far surpass it by the tens of thousands of words.

The most interesting aspect of NaNoWriMo is the total disgregard for the internal editor, the voice that tells writers to stop and fix that. In fact NaNo (as it’s also known as) encourages just that. As it states in the programs FAQ, “we want quantity, not quality.” The idea is that in all the muck you’ll dredge up you’ll come up with a few totally awesome ideas that you’ll just have to use later on in another story, or that if nothing else you can always edit the story later on down the line and make it the masterpiece you saw it as the whole time.

If you want to jump on this bandwagon and join in the sickness, you’d better hop to it! It started November 1st and ends November 30th, and that’s a lot of crap you’re gonna have to come up with. Every day counts!

Here’s some helpful tips to keep in mind to remedy any stress caused by the NaNoWriMo.

  • 50,000 words broken down into thirty days is roughly 1667 words a day. This is not a lot. It’s just about five pages when you’re typing with single-space twelve-point Times New Roman.
  • Outline if you have time. Don’t spend too much time doing it, and make sure to leave wiggle room. Who knows, that space adventure you started writing might want to slowly turn into a psychological horror involving dust bunnies later down the line.
  • Don’t start over! Just keep going, and if you really need to start from the beginning come up with a cheesey plot device to turn back time or something. Who’s gonna care? It’s your story.
  • Drink lots of soda, put on some music, and relax. It’s supposed to be fun!
  • Did I mention have fun?

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