National Novel Writing Month is an exciting international event occurring in November, with writers from around the world taking part. The idea is that you write 50 000 words of a novel in 30 days, that comes to about 1 667 words a day. It is certainly no easy feat.
The rules are quite simple. You may start writing at midnight on the 1st of November and keep writing until midnight on the 30th, local time. To be part of the official competition you must be signed on the forums and update your word count on your personal profile. To receive the official certificate of completion you must then prove that you have written the 50 000 words by uploading your file on your profile. OF course you can cheat, but that really defeats the purpose.
There are plenty of tips and support on the forums online. You can also connect with other writer friends, who might be taking part and follow their progress. You can also quite easily find lots of calendars created that have the daily word count aims and encouraging quotes.
I personally have tried NaNoWriMo quite a few times, and have been rather unsuccessful. I struggle with getting the word count out. I know some who have managed to smash out half the word count in a week. The key, I hear, is simply to write without worrying about how good it is. Perhaps I will succeed this year.
If you would like to join me in the madness, please sign up on NaNoWriMo, and buddy up with pen-magus. I will of course be posting regular updates on here. If you have any tips or advice, please share them in the comments below.