This Tuesday marked the beginning of National Novel Writing Month in America where participants are challenged to write a 50,000 words (around 175 pages) in just 30 days. Anyone from an enthusiastic amateur to a professional scribbler can take part with the aim of the month to cut out the inertia of too much thought that goes into writing.
The community led project hopes to give writers ‘permission to write without obsessing over quality’ and help turn people’s dream of ‘one day, maybe writing a novel’ to come true. They want to reassure the participants that they will write some very bad work. A statement on their official website
“Because of the limited writing window, the ONLY thing that matters in NaNoWriMo is output. It’s all about quantity, not quality. This approach forces you to lower your expectations, take risks, and write on the fly.”
And intensive writing can bear fruit. After participating in NaNoWriMo no fewer than eight times, writer Erin Morgenstern penned The Night Circus in 2005 which is a well received young adult novel released in America this autumn.
In 2010 they had over 200,000 participants and 30,000 made it to the finish line and the organisers hope it’ll expand this year.
There will also be support available to writers as they become weary of their word count. Successful writers such as Audrey Niffenegger (author of the bestselling Time Traveller’s Wife) and The Night Circus writer, Erin Morgenstern throughout the month via email.
People can sign up at anytime and the deadline for submissions will be at midnight on 30th November. So what you say, up for a challenge?