Warning, gratuitous exclamation mark usage ahead!
What: Writing one 50,000-word novel from scratch in a month’s time.
Who: You! We can’t do this unless we have some other people trying it as well. Let’s write laughably awful yet lengthy prose together.
Why: The reasons are endless! To actively participate in one of our era’s most enchanting art forms! To write without having to obsess over quality. To be able to make obscure references to passages from our novels at parties. To be able to mock real novelists who dawdle on and on, taking far longer than 30 days to produce their work.
When: You can sign up anytime to add your name to the roster and browse the forums. Writing begins November 1. To be added to the official list of winners, you must reach the 50,000-word mark by November 30 at midnight. Once your novel has been verified by our web-based team of robotic word counters, the partying begins.
- I like to see smaller achievable goals. I didn’t write 50,000 words this month. I wrote 1667 for 30 days.
- Even within the smaller goals, I like flexibility. My chart looks something like this, no progress, no progress, no progress, 5000 words. Then, 1667 for three days running, then no words, no words, no words, then 3000 words.
- Being part of a group doing something slightly crazy makes it more fun.
- Jordan has beautiful young ladies (some of whom are teaching our kids, how lucky are we!) who are crazy too.
- Even in a place where people don’t like to read, they will write novels. About 300 people signed up across the Middle East region. Regardless of how many complete their novel this month, the number is encouraging.
- Jordanian kids are competing in the Young Writer’s program, how awesome is that?!
- I’m not sure what to do with my spare time anymore… but I’m sure I’ll figure it out.
- People are more encouraging than you expect, even when what you’re doing sounds as crazy as it is (thanks to all of those who have been Facebook encouraging me).
- People seem to want to read the awful novel you wrote in a 30 days period… even when they know you only took 30 days to write it…
- Nanowrimo is fun and everyone in Jordan should be required to participate at least once