NaNoWriMo

Welcome to the Accidental Novelist’s information page about the world’s greatest writing challenge, National Novel Writing Month. Affectionately known as NaNoWriMo to those who have suffered through it (win, lose or draw), this event draws hundreds of thousands of aspiring novelists together each November to attempt to write a complete novel of 50,000 words or more in just one month. That’s right, 50,000 words or more in just 30 days, and with Thanksgiving tossed in the middle to add to the candidates’ trials and tribulations.

The main page is here: NaNoWriMo Portal. The organization who sponsors the event out of pure sadism, er, public-spirited altruism is the Office of Letters and Light. (Actually, they do great work each year, encouraging young writers everywhere to write more. But they DO get their jollies during NaNoWriMo, often by joining in.)

Other 2011 statistics aren’t up yet, but one thing is clear: The registered writers put out 3,073,919,887 words. That we know of. That’s like writing all of Wikipedia. Twice.

The guide that you simply must read before attempting NaNoWriMo: No Plot? No Problem! by Chris Baty. Also available (not autographed) from Amazon.

Coming Soon:

Excel Template for tracking NaNoWriMo progress.

Graph of NaNoWriMo growth over 12 years.