Today isn’t only the first day of November, it’s also the first day of National Novel Writing Month (often abbreviated to NaNoWriMo)! What does this mean? It means thousands of people all over the country have signed up to write 50,000 words (175 pages) in the next 30 days. The idea is that writing a novel isn’t hard. Anyone can do it. All you need to do is sit down and write. In NaNoWriMo, it’s not the quality that matters, it’s the quantity.
Now, 50,000 words seems like an awful lot of words to me. So, if you’re interested, you might want to check out NaNoWriMo’s Young Writers Program. If you’re under 17, you can sign up there and set your own word goal.
Before you ask, I’m not planning on participating. (I can’t get over the scary 50,000 number!) But as I was writing this entry, someone peeked over my cubicle wall because he recognized the NaNoWriMo website header, and he told me how excited he is to be doing it this year. And he made it sound like fun! So you never know — sometimes, the only way to go is to jump right in the deep end!
If you end up participating, I’d love to hear about it!
— Carly H., STACKS Staffer