It’s that time of year again! No, I’m not talking about turkey, stuffing, and pumpkin pie. (Although, I love all those things.) I’m talking about National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo for short.
What is NaNoWriMo, you ask? Well, it’s an Internet challenge to writers and non-writers alike to pick up a pen and embrace their love of writing. The concept is simple—write a novel that’s 50,000 words or more by 11:59 p.m. on November 30. This challenge started way back in 1999, by a small group of writer friends. Over the years, the idea has really taken off. Twitter feeds, Facebook pages, and message boards have been created to help aspiring authors reach their personal finish lines. And people are joining in droves, with more than 310,000 people participating this year.
Now, I know what you’re thinking. You’re not a writer. You’re a doctor, or a teacher, or a student. And that’s the point. This challenge encourages our love of writing, no matter who we are. Your novel can be about anything. Do you have a great idea about a time-traveling ninja? Write it down. Do you want to write an epic drama about zombie ballerinas? Write it down. Any novel idea will do. Will this exercise land you on the best-sellers list? Maybe not. (Although this challenge did produce a best seller—Water for Elephants, by Sara Gruen.) But like running a marathon or climbing a mountain, this accomplishment is just for you.
As someone who has never written a novel before, this seemed like a lofty goal. How could I possibly write a novel in 30 days? But if I need encouragement, all I have to do is look around at my talented coworkers here at Capstone. Many of our staff members are also published novelists.
I know we’re halfway through the month of November. But if you are feeling ambitious or want to plan for next year, find out how to get started at nanowrimo.org.
And check out some of Capstone’s books, written by our talented staff.