NaNoWriMo (naa-noe-wry-moe) stands for National Novel-Writing Month. Yes, that’s a real thing. And I imagine that somewhere around the time that November was adorned with this auspicious title, a group of writers got together and began challenging one another to complete their novels during the month.
However NaNoWriMo got its start, it has become a huge undertaking with a staff of fifteen spread from the San Francisco bay area to the western areas of Canada. Each year, they encourage writers, seasoned and newbies, to write. That’s it. Sit in the chair and put the words on the page.
I’ve completed 2 official NaNoWriMo projects, both ready for publication. This year, my novel is actually a sequel to my first NaNo project, Dust Devil. I hope to show that story to you sometime next year.
So that’s a little of the history of NaNo. Now for #7 of the top benefits from NaNoWriMo:
10. Word Wars.
I love these games. And every other year, I’ve jumped into NaNo with a clear story and plenty of time so my word count leapt to high numbers from the beginning. This year, not so much. So I’m not sure I’ll be able to stay ahead of my writing buddies. But you can see my progress on both my November calendar and my Word War grid that will stick around in the right column through this month.