Last year, thanks to Felicia Day’s Twitter stream (I think), I discoverd that November is National Novel Writing Month. That in itself is fairly cool, but what’s really wonderful is the program that the Office of Letters and Light have set up at NaNoWriMo.org.
The site challenges users to write a 175 page (50,000 word) novel over the course of November. The site is chocked full of great writing tips in both text and video formats, but, once you sign up, you get even more tools to help you achieve your goals. You can check on your progress and compare it to others, you can get help on their very active forums, and you can learn about writing events in your area.
I think the program is really sweet. They really do an awesome job helping average people fulfill their goals. I’ve always thought it would be really cool to be an author. I love to read and I really respect the work it takes to write a novel.
As I mentioned previously, I discovered the site last year and tried my hand. Even though I attempted to write daily, I’m not really much of a creative writer and I fell pretty far short of a full novel. Nonetheless, I enjoyed the experience so much that I’ve been looking forward to giving it another go for the last 11 months. I’ve got a rough idea for this year’s novel and I’m hoping it proves easier to write than the Urban Fantasy number I attempted last year.
Whether you are a writer or not, I suggest that you check out the site and support the cause by purchasing some cool swag!