National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, is coming up fast! During the month of November, amateur and professional writers from around the world and of all ages are encouraged to take part in a 30-day writing challenge to draft a novel of 50,000 words or more. September kicks off two months of NaNoWriMo prep available to those who wish to participate! The challenge is intense and fun. I completed it once, back in 2010, and I think I'm still recovering… I'm not sure I'll have the chance to do it again this year, but encouraging others to do it inspires me to want to try again in the future!
The NaNoWriMo organization also offers other year-round writing challenges, coaching, programs, opportunities, and resources for writers, librarians, and educators. They also provide post-November advice and assistance to writers who complete the NaNoWriMo and want to move forward with possibly publishing their novels. The Young Writers Program is designed specifically for writers under 18, who are definitely encouraged to participate!
If you decide to do it, please let me know how it goes! I'd love to hear all about your project and process, and I'm rooting for you!