As most of you are aware, the epic NaNoWriMo writing event kicks off today and runs the course of November. For the uninitiated, NaNo, or National Novel Writing Month, consists of “thirty days and nights of literary abandon”.
Every November, participants (a.k.a.:Â wrimos) from around the world write furiously for an entire month, trying to put together a 175-page (approx. 50,000-word) novel within the alloted time. If you manage to hit that magical number of words, you can consider yourself a “winner”. Even if you don’t, everyone who participates is that much closer to having completed a full-length novel. The goal is to have fun, commiserate with your peers, and try and produce something resembling a novel by the end of the month. Sounds like fun, right?
Now, Protagonize is a great supporter of NaNoWriMo and many of our authors participate in the event every year. In order to encourage our members to join in, we’d like to you post your ongoing stories here, on Protagonize. Of course, you’re protected by our usual array of Creative Commons licensing schemes, so we hope you’ll feel comfortable posting your epic for our users to read.
Having the help and constructive feedback of your fellow participants is something we can provide at Protagonize that you may not be able to easily get on your own, so why not post here, as you piece your Å“uvre together?
Many of our authors are making their works un-rateable, so as not to clutter up the ratings charts with half-finished, rough works. That’s totally up to you, of course, but it makes it easier to feel like you don’t need to go backward and distract yourself by editing your existing work as you write. Of course, comments and feedback as you write may also be invaluable.
To up the ante, we’re going to be adding a couple of new features on the site in honour of NaNoWriMo:
- At the end of each day in November, a new NaNoWriMo participant’s work will be featured on Protagonize, beside our usual weekly Editor’s Pick â€” think of it as a little extra incentive to keep writing every day!
- By popular demand, we’ve added word counts (and character counts) to all works on the site â€” check the statistics box on any work on the site for a running total. This should help you all publicly keep tabs on those NaNo word counts, and maybe encourage a little healthy competition between participants. :)
To top that off â€” and to give you all a little extra incentive to write â€”Â we’ll have a few prizes for three lucky randomly-chosen winners from amongst our daily NaNo featured authors!
- 1st prize: A $50 iTunes or Amazon gift cardâ€ and a one-year Plus subscription to Protagonize
- 2nd prize: A $20 iTunes or Amazon gift card and a one-year Pro subscription to Protagonize
- 3rd prize: A $10 iTunes or Amazon gift card and a one-year Community Supporter badge on Protagonize
All featured NaNo participants (i.e. our daily selections) will also get a nifty NaNoWriMo badge for their author profiles. How cool is that? :)
â€ Amounts are in Canadian dollars. We’ll convert this (rounded down to the nearest gift card value) to whichever iTunes store you’re closest to.
- Your entry must have been submitted between November 1st and 30th, 2010. You can re-post an old entry to start off your NaNoWriMo story, if you’d like, but it needs to be submitted during the month of November.
- This is very important! You must tag your submissions with “NaNoWriMo” (quotes not needed), otherwise we (myself and the moderators) won’t know what to look at when selecting our daily features.
- Make sure to set a summary on your story! It’ll be displayed if your story is selected as a Daily NaNo pick.
- Winners at the end of the month must have made a valiant effort to actually complete NaNoWriMo. You may not have finished, but it has to look like you actually tried. This will be at our discretion!
- 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prize winners will be selected at random from amongst all daily featured works.
- Your NaNoWriMo submission can only be featured once throughout the course of the month.
- Mature content is okay, just make sure that the summary field is clean, since that will be visible to everyone.
- If you’re under the age of 13, any prizes we grant you will require the consent of a parent or guardian.
So, what are you waiting for? Get writing!