It’s November. The month of Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Cyber Monday, NaNoWriMo and NaBloPoMo. About those last two … say what?
Back in 1999 twenty-one (twenty-somethings) decided they would each write a novel in one month. That was the beginning of NaNoWriMo — Write a Novel in a Month. Last November 341,375 all-agers began writing their 50,000-word novel, 38,438 succeeded.
According to its very cool website
“National Novel Writing Month is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to novel writing. Participants begin writing on November 1. The goal is to write a 50,000 word, (approximately 175 page) novel by 11:59:59, November 30.”
As a result of being frustrated she hadn’t finished the 2005 NaNoWriMo, Eden Kennedy created an offshoot, NaBloPoMo — National Blog Posting Month — in 2006. (As a joke actually according to the Unofficial NaBloPoMo Guide. )
(With the blogher.com‘s purchase of NaBloPoMo in 2010 it is now a monthly event. However, for the sake of the article, I’m focusing on the November angle which is still considered the “Big” month for it.)
For all you writers and bloggers who are doing one or the other (or both), here’s a huge round of clapping and cheering, hollering and foot stomping, woo-hoo and yippeeing as you all crank out hundreds of thousands (if not millions) of words this November. (Cumulatively, of course.)
May the Muse be with you all. Good writing and HAVE FUN!!!!
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