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NaNoWriMo 2012: 50,000 Words? Now, That's a Scary Thought!

Natasha Mier
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October 24, 2012 By Natasha Mier

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As we are quickly coming to the end of year, I have a question for all you writers out there. Have you started thinking about your next novel? It doesn’t matter if this is your first, fifth, or 100th book; what matters is that you are thinking about it. And since November is NaNoWriMo (or National Novel Writing Month), it is the perfect time to get your mind on the pages.
 

What is NaNoWriMo?

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It is a time to start the creative process. If you have ever wanted to write a novel, but put it off for one reason or another, this is the perfect time to challenge yourself. In many areas of the United States there are get-togethers, write-ins, and more. This is a great opportunity to meet other writers and even do some “workshopping” on your story. If you feel like writing with the presence of others, check out a NaNoWriMo write-in!
 

What are the Rules?

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Honestly, NaNoWriMo doesn’t have a whole lot in the way of rules. As long as you hit the 50,000 word mark, you are good to go. You do need to start fresh for this novel. Think about the storyline and the all characters you want before November, however, you should not write a word until November 1st. Of course, there’s not someone sitting there, overseeing your work. So, if you start a little early, the only one you are hurting really is yourself. However, according to the rules, it is ok to write a draft before November 1st. 
 
You must to be the sole author of your work, and it must to be a novel. According the the NaNoWriMo website, if you consider your work a novel so do they. It is also important to note, however, that writing the same word 50,000 times doesn’t count.
Different sources claim different word counts for a novel. For NaNoWriMo, the goal is to write 50,000 words of a novel by the end of November. Sounds difficult, doesn’t it? That’s why it’s a challenge. However, when looking at it a little closer, it’s not too bad.
 

50,000 Words? How the Heck Can I Write That?

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Once you decide to participate in NaNoWriMo you may find yourself feeling a little overwhelmed. I know I did when I first heard about it. Nonetheless, when you look at the actual numbers on a daily basis, it becomes much less daunting. You may not feel like you can write 50,000 words or more in a month, but how about 2,000 a day? To succeed at this challenge, you want to write an average of 1,667 words a day through the month—a much easier number to swallow.
 
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There is tons of support for NaNoWriMo. Forums on nanowrimo.org as well as other websites, local get-togethers, and Facebook groups are all there for support. Do you need a bit of information on your historical story? There are many writers that are more than willing to help. In fact, on the whole, we writers are a pretty helpful bunch. 
 

How Do I Participate?

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It’s simple; all you have to do is write! If you want recognition for your achievement, upload your novel to nanowrimo.org before midnight, local time November 30th. If your novel fits the 50,000 word requirement, you will get a certificate that you can show off. There are mobile apps to help you keep track of your words on your phone or tablet. Additionally, on the website, you can keep track of the words you write. 
 
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Writing a novel can be difficult. It takes time, dedication, and persistence. It also takes a ton of creativity. If you are feeling up for the challenge, get ready to set pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard!) November 1st, and show the world what you are made of.
 
 
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Natasha has had a passion for writing for as long as she can remember. From poetry to informational articles, and more, Natasha has written on a large variety of topics. Some of her favorite topics on which to write are politics, writing tips, and fantasy (gotta love the jump there!). When not writing, you can find Natasha playing with her kids, reading a good book, or rolling dice with friends.

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Nida Sea
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Nida Sea October 25, 2012

Great article, Natasha! I love NaNoWriMo! This will be my third year participating, and I have a brand new story to do--Ooh! I can't wait to get started! Yay! Thanks for posting about this annual event! ;)

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