Every November, writers from around the world gather in force to participate in National Novel Writing Month. Some people love it, some people hate it, but one thing is certain: a lot of words are written as a consequence of this challenge. For writers, it’s a chance to join others on an adventure to write a novel in a single month.
For readers, it’s a chance to connect with writers–and see the novel-writing process in a whole different way.
I’ve participated in NaNoWriMo for years, both as a participant and a volunteer organizer for a region. I’ve had a chance to watch hopeful authors tackle their novel projects–and seen many decide reading is more up their alley than writing.
That’s okay. NaNoWriMo is as much for readers as it is for writers, especially if you’re interested in reading books before they’re, well, real books. (Hairy warts, hilarious spelling mistakes, and plot canyons and all…) Since I started participating in NaNoWriMo over a decade ago, I’ve seen authors seeking beta readers for their projects. There are entire sections of the forum dedicated to such things, so if that’s up your alley, go have a look at the site and have a look around.
Generally, it is for people who are interested in writing fiction. The rules are pretty simple:
- Write a piece of fiction.
- Complete 50,000 in the month of November.
- Don’t start your project until November 1.
Rebels are those who work on projects they have already started or aren’t writing a fiction piece. While technically against the rules, no one really cares–the point is to write, and most everyone looks the other way.
I’m a rather large fan of the challenge. I’ll be participating this year, working on Unawakened, book two of the Dae Portals series. Honestly, I wasn’t going to participate originally, but my schedule worked out where I’d be working on the book during November anyway. Admittedly, I’ll probably be a rebel of some sort this year–I work as time allows, and if I have time to start early, I will.
Still, how I approach the month won’t change, and I’ll be sharing my progress with Unawakened. I’ll also be presenting some writing challenges and reading challenges for those who want to join in with the festivities. Over the next few days, I’ll be posting about how I prepare to write a novel, as well as some tips and tricks I use to keep going even when the going gets tough. For readers, I’ll be challenging you to find titles with certain elements–and sharing my favorite books containing those elements.
Happy reading–and writing!