Sure, it sounds like something taken from Mork & Mindy, but it’s a real term for a fun (and serious!) event that takes place each November. National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, challenges writers to compose a 50,000 word novel within the confines of 30 days.
Yep, 30 days in the hole, to quote Humble Pie. And you’ve got to be anything but humble to take on the quest to write a great deal of verbiage in such a small amount of time. Writers from around the world plan, outline, plot, draw, and fret over what their NaNo novel will revolve around and how the experience will unfold.
Are you wondering what the prize is for completing and uploading one’s NaNo novel on or before midnight on November 30? No awards, no gifts, no free critiques… just the satisfaction in having accomplished what many cannot do in a lifetime.
So, if you think you can’t do something you’ve always wanted to do — like, uh, write a book? Think again. Your greatest challenge comes not from how many words you write, but in becoming who you really are.