In case you don't know what NaNoWriMo is, NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month and the goal is to write as much as you possibly can. You can 'win' NaNo by writing 50,000 words or more in the month of November - yes, that many words in one month! It sounds crazy, and it is, just a tiny bit.
This is what NaNo says about its rules:
The rules state that, to be an official NaNoWriMo winner, you must…For me personally, November means writing, writing, eating a ton of M&Ms (preferably crispies), write some more, spend hours on wikipedia, write, procrastinate by watching TV series with hot guys, try to get some sleep, write, celebrate my sister's birthday, try to compensate that lost time by writing until way after midnight and eating all of the chocolate I can find. This year though, I'm trying to juggle my full-time job in between and I'm also running some side projects that require my attention, so I think it's fair to say that November will be a fairly busy month. Just a bit.
- Write a 50,000-word (or longer!) novel, between November 1 and November 30.
- Start from scratch. None of your own previously written prose can be included in your NaNoWriMo draft (though outlines, character sketches, and research are all fine, as are citations from other people’s works).
- Write a novel. We define a novel as a lengthy work of fiction. If you consider the book you’re writing a novel, we consider it a novel too!
- Be the sole author of your novel. Apart from those citations mentioned two bullet-points up.
- Write more than one word repeated 50,000 times.
- Upload your novel for word-count validation to our site between November 25 and November 30.
I'm not entirely sure if I'll be working on a completely new novel or if I'm going to write the follow-up on last year's NaNo novel, but I still have almost two weeks to figure that out.
Are any of you participating in NaNo this year? If so, what's your goal? Already have a story in mind? TELL ME EVERYTHING.