November is the annual National Novel Writing Month (NNWM):
Participants begin writing November 1. The goal is to write a 175-page (50,000-word) novel by midnight, November 30.
Because of the limited writing window, the ONLY thing that matters in NaNoWriMo is output. It’s all about quantity, not quality. The kamikaze approach forces you to lower your expectations, take risks, and write on the fly.
Make no mistake: You will be writing a lot of crap. And that’s a good thing. By forcing yourself to write so intensely, you are giving yourself permission to make mistakes.
I found out about this through Rebecca’s website last November, where she wrote about her progress.
50,000 words in 30 days would be 1,667 words a day, 69 words per hour; but given I’ll probably spend an hour or two a day at it, I would have to churn out 834 to 1,667 words a day. That’s a lot. It took me an hour to write this 130-ish word post for Christ’s sake.
When you sign up you get, which you can use to track your progress, add support buddies, and see statistics from other participants. It’s in Flash, but they have .
I better start making a novel outline now, although writing THAT could be considered part of the event, I suppose.