National Novel Writing Month Is Nearly Here!

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It’s nearly time for National Novel Writing Month! NaNoWriMo is an annual international writing competition with a great sense of community that helps people achieve their creative goals.

From November the 1st to the 30th, international writers of all ages, are challenged to write a new 50,000-word novel. However, you don’t have to be working on a novel. Participants ‘novel’ can be any theme, genre or format, from fanfiction to poetry. You can write what you like!

How It All Started

NaNoWriMo started in 1999 with 21 participants. By the 2015 event, over 400,000 people took part in 633 different regions.

In 2005 it became a nonprofit that supports writing fluency and education.

The Purpose

Organisers say that the point of the event was to get people to start writing and putting words to paper.

Founder Chris Baty said, “Give someone an enormous task, a supportive community, and a friendly yet firm due date and miracles will happen.”

NaNoWriMo provides the structure, community to help people find their creative voices, help with writer’s block, information on where local participants are meeting.

Brightonians can connect with fellow writers on the @BrightonWriMos to hear about meetings, or “write-ins”.

Prizes & Winners

If you reach the 50,000-word mark you’re a winner. In other words, you’ve written a novel or at least a big chunk of it!

Winners receive a single free paperback proof copy of their manuscripts. After they have the option to then sell the novel on Amazon.

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In addition, every year NaNoWriMo has new sponsors that reward participants with different prizes and discounts.

Since 2006, traditional publishing houses have published nearly 400 NaNoWriMo novels. In addition to this, over 200 novels have been published by smaller presses, or self-published.

Some notable titles published from NaNoWriMo include:

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, Water for Elephants by Sarah Green, Cinder by Marissa Meyer and Cuckoo by Brighton author Julia Crouch.

If you’re taking part this year good luck!


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