What is National Novel Writing Month?

Every November, hundreds of thousands of writers set out on the challenge of writing an entire 50,000 word novel in a month, and a large number of them succeed.

National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, is not for everyone, but those who do it swear by it. In fact, hundreds of novels coming out of NaNoWriMo have been published, such as Sara Gruen’s Water for Elephants and Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus.

The greatest benefit of NaNoWriMo is encouraging authors to put aside any thoughts of editing their work as they go, and simply get their thoughts down on paper. In fact, NaNoWriMo veterans say that writers are more likely to complete the challenge if they’re busy, because then they have less time to get caught up on editing what they’ve already written.

Just because you may not be participating in National Novel Writing Month this year, doesn’t mean you can’t get into the spirit of the event. Set aside some time to write with abandon, without worrying about editing. There’s no need to limit yourself to November. Any day or month can be the right time to try out this method for your manuscript!

Images courtesy of National Novel Writing Month.