‘Writing = Breathing’ by Joe Flood (CC BY-ND 2.0)
November is many things. In addition to Movember, Melbourne cup, end of semester (woot!) and start-christmas-shopping month it is also National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought, even fleetingly, about writing a novel.
NaNoWriMo was established in 1999 in San Francisco. It is also a nonprofit that believes stories matter and its aim is to get would-be writers writing. It’s first year, 1999, had 21 participants. This year, it is expected that 4000,000 participants from across 6 continents will take part. Last year 667 Brisbane would be wordsmiths were involved in NaNoWriMo reaching an average word count of 26, 575 each.
Your challenge, if you choose to accept, is to pen 50,000 words of your great literary work in the 30 days of November. If that seems just a tad too ambitious, why not just get started and see where it ends up?
Over 250 NaNoWriMo novels have been traditionally published. They include Sara Gruen’s Water for Elephants, Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus, Jason Hough’s The Darwin Elevator, and Marissa Meyer’s Cinder
Sign up here and get started on your soon to be best-selling (or at least critically acclaimed) prose.
And if you’re looking for a quiet place to write then the new individual cubes on Level 6 Silent Zone of the QUT Library at Gardens Point are now open and can be booked here.