As you’ve probably gathered, I participate in National Novel Writing Month, an online self-challenge to write a 50,000 word novel in the month of November. That’s 1,667 words per day and, with the exception of one, I’ve made that goal every year since 2004.
At first, I enjoyed NaNo for the challenge of writing every day and forcing my way through a first draft, but now I am involved with it for the enthusiasm and friendliness of the people there and for the dedication and focus it’s taught me. I love it so much, in fact, that I have volunteered as a Municipal Liaison in Calgary every year since 2010, thereby spending far more time planning events and write-ins than I actually spend writing. It’s a lot of fun and lets me feel a little like I’m giving back to the community that’s inspired me so much.
National Novel Writing Month, the non-profit that runs NaNoWriMo, also runs two other events during the year: Young Writers Program (a scaled-down, personalizable goal for the under-18 crowd) and Camp NaNoWriMo (write a 50,000 word novel in April or July). If you’re interested, I encourage you to check it out!