Do you NaNo? If you're a writer, you've probably heard of NaNo, which stands for National Novel Writing Month.
NaNo, which celebrates its 16th year here in 2014 challenges writers to pen 50,000 words in the thirty days of November. This year, more than 400,000 writers on six continents will join together in this writing frenzy.
There are only a few 'rules' which, of course, you can break if you want to. You are supposed to start a brand new project. It is supposed to be fiction. And it is supposed to be at least 50,000 words in length.
I've participated in NaNo for several years, and I've 'won' several times. And each year, I've followed the 'rules,' but this year, I'm breaking them a bit. I am starting a new project, it is fiction, but it won't be 50,000 words all on its own. I received a contract recently for a new novella that will max out at 25,000 words. When I have that one written, I'll jump into another one of the same length. By the end of the month, I hope to have two novellas of about 50,000 words combined.
NaNo is hilarious, stressful, exhilarating, hair-tearing, fist-pumping fun. It takes place in a month with a major holiday, and a month that only has 30 days. But it is a great way to jump-start a project, and a great way to make new writing friends.
Even if you're not an aspiring author, you can still participate. It would be a fun way to dip your toe into writing fiction.