Another year. Another NaNo.
NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month. Over a hundred thousand people are signed over to the NaNo website and will be partaking in an intense battle of words to the death – or something like that. Actually November is devoted to avid wordsmiths and aspiring novelists as they weave words in abundance. 50,000 words to be exact. It may sound like an easy feat, but, alas, it is not. NaNoWriMo, however, is not all about reaching that coveted 50,000 words. It is not about surpassing that amount or reaching it in one night or one week. It is actually about all that plus more. It is about the novel with a full fledged plot and a novel with no plot at all. It is about someone who may not reach 50,000 and those that will exceed it. It is about putting words together whether good or bad. It is about encouraging writing.
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Established in 1999, NaNoWriMo has steadily increased in participation over the years. It is also a non-profit. Several widely acclaimed novels have started as NaNos such as Sara Gruen’s Water for Elephants, Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus, Hugh Howey’s Wool, Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl, Jason Hough’s The Darwin Elevator, and Marissa Meyer’s Cinder.
Here are some other stats from the website:
During NaNoWriMo 2012,
- 341,375 participants started the month as auto mechanics, out-of-work actors, and middle school English teachers. They walked away novelists.
- 648 volunteer Municipal Liaisons guided 586 regions on six continents.
- 82,554 students and educators created worlds through the Young Writers Program.
- 615 libraries opened their doors to novelists through the Come Write In program.
- And in 2013, 44,919 Campers participated in Camp NaNoWriMo’s online writing retreat.
This year, I will hopefully reach that coveted 50k with my children’s fantasy novel Arcana’s Library (working title). It was inspired by beloved children’s books like Chronicles of Narnia and Bridge to Terabithia. Albeit these have all been inspirational towards the creation of my latest novel aspiration, Arcana in completely it’s own tale waiting to be told. This story is Myra’s, a teenage girl that has moved to the rural South with her Dad and younger brother, Max. They live with their father’s parents on the edge of a giant forest. Upon exploration they discover an ancient library deep within – a library depicting the past, present, and future. A library containing knowledge beyond their imagination.
I will be detailing my journey through writing this on this blog (although I will try not to overload it) and also through twitter. I hope you all will share in this journey with me.