In Other News…

It’s Saturday, and that means a blog post. It’s also November, and that means NaNoWriMo. It’s the first Saturday in November, so it must be Double-Up Donation Day.

What is NaNoWriMo?

NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month. It was started in 1999 by a group of friends who decided to get together and write their novels in a month. The story of how that idea grew to become the international giant of today is very well told here, and is a pretty inspiring read in its own right.

There are also plenty of encouraging ‘pep talks’ donated each year by successful writers, on everything from character creation to what to do when your plot springs a leak. These are available on the forums, as well as being delivered to members’ inboxes each week.

Then, of course, there is the community. The forums showcase an amazing and diverse range of writers, from first-timers to old hands, and there is almost certainly going to be a thread that makes you want to say ‘I’ve found my people’. The forums are moderated, and the moderators are all active members of the community who are taking part in the challenge themselves.

What is Double-Up Donation Day?

Double-Up Donation Day is a big push for words and funds, aided by extra donor gifts, virtual write-ins and lots of forum activity.

If you are doing NaNoWriMo this year (or even if you’re not) consider taking a look at the special events planned for today. The fun starts at 0600, and goes on until 2100 (all times GMT-7). So no matter where in the world you are, you should be able to catch at least some of the action.

Why Should I Care?

National Novel Writing Month sponsors literary programs for children and adults all over the world. NaNoWriMo is their most well-known annual event, but there is also Camp NaNoWriMo, the Young Writers’ Program, and the Come Write In program to encourage literacy, creativity, and confidence throughout the year.