Apparently I’m a few days late in posting this (sorry folks, the cold/flu that’s had me down and out for the last few days was responsible for unsightly delay), but November 1st marked the start of National Novel Writing Month, also known as NaNoWriMo.
NaNoWriMo, a creative writing event held every November, has been around for several years. For those of you who might be looking for a little background information about it, you can check the official site’s description here, or there’s always Wikipedia’s take on the event. What it boils down to is that every participant is attempting to write a 175-page (50,000-word) novel by the end of the event (midnight on November 30th.) Anyone who reaches these lofty goals is considered a “winner”, though no official prizes are ever handed out. As of 2007, there were over 100,000 participants in the event, which has grown rapidly since its inception.
If you’re interested in participating, Wired Magazine’s Geekdad blog has a few tips for you, About.com Fiction Writing‘s Ginny Wiehardt has some advice for prospective participants, and well-known fantasy and sci-fi author Neil Gaiman gallantly offered a pep talk (it’s from last year, but what the hell) over on the event’s official web site.
While NaNoWriMo doesn’t really jive particularly well with Protagonize’s collaborative theme — they disallow collaborative works from being entered (as well as works-in-progress) — it’s a well-known and respected event that is probably of interest to many of you. I know for a fact that several die-hard Protagonize authors have participated in the event in the past, and at least one of you is working on it again this year. To those of you participating, good luck! And make sure to let us know how your novels turn out. :)