Beginning on November 1st, participants aim to write a 50,000 word novel by midnight of November 30th. The idea is to encourage people who’ve always wanted to write a novel, but have been scared of the time commitment involved, to just get on with it.
As the National Novel Writing Month website says, the only thing that matters 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. To forgo the endless tweaking and editing and just create. To build without tearing down.
To complete the project on time, you’ll need to write an average of about 1,700 words per day – which is definitely manageable as long as you reign in your internal editor.
Last year, 165,000 people signed up, and more than 30,000 completed! Will you be one of them this year?
If you are thinking of getting involved, Wired Magazine has a useful wiki on how to write a novel in a month.
Let us know if you do decide to participate. And good luck!