NaNoWriMo 2015

November is just a few hours away and here I am, stressing about the insane weeks that are ahead of me. I'm doing NaNoWriMo for the third year in a row.

NaNoWriMo or National Novel Writing Month is an annual internet-based creative writing project that takes place every november. It challenges its participants to create a novel writing routine and attitude and to keep it up for at least one month. The ultimate goal is to write 50 000 words over the course of thirty days. A novel, or at least part of it.

Everyone can take part and you can write whatever genre you want. It doesn't even matter in what language you decide to write. Last year over 300 000 people worldwide participated and as many new stories were created. The barriers to enter are really low. There is only a limited set of rules. The main one that you have to write 50k words between 0:00:01 november 1 and 23:59:59 november 30. You're allowed to plan and plot beforehand, but you can't count anything written before this date. 

In NaNoWriMo they live by the saying quantity over quality. NaNo wants to stimulate people to keep writing, even if they don't feel confident, even if it's the first time ever they're trying to write a story. November is for writing, editing comes later. Meanwhile they put a lot of effort in motivation. There are pep talks from famous authors, regional forums to connect with other wrimos, word sprints, tips to keep your story going etc. 

NaNoWriMo is mainly a competition between you and yourself. You have to find the discipline and consistency to keep writing within yourself and you have to do it alone. Others can stimulate you and cheer you on, but no one can write the story for you. When you find the strength to pull through, sweet victory is waiting at the end of day 30. That day you can officially call yourself a winner. But more than that. You will have achieved something insane. You'll be a writer. 

I've done this twice before and both editions were huge successes. I suppose you could say writing is in my nature. I've been writing for years. Short stories, long ones. Am I good? Hell, I have no idea. But I'm doing this for myself. I like writing and this event challenges me to finish the stories I start. There's no greater feeling than finishing a draft at 90.000 words at the end of november. To see the little bar that keeps track of your word count turn green. 

Last year I started a story called Running Scared about a girl who's world got turned upside down by a new government trying to create a superior race. They selected and included her in a breeding program that was supposed to deliver the Children of Tomorrow. She ran from the authorities and her responsibilities but eventually reality caught up with her. She got arrested and dragged to the institution. That's where I'm picking the story up now. This november I'm set on writing the second part of my 'novel'. 

Wish me luck! 

PS: Are any of you joining the madness? Please let me know! Or if you consider participating and you have some questions, don't hesitate to ask me. I'd be happy to help you out.

PS2: I'm writing in Dutch btw.
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