Thursday, 8 November 2012

NaNoWriMo 2012

If you are wondering why I have not been posting much of late, it is because I am once more participating in National Novel Writing Month or NaNoWriMo for short. For those of you who don't know, NaNoWriMo is essentially a month long, writing event in which participants try to write a 50,000 word novel in only the thirty days of November. While it is still called "National Novel Writing Month," it has truly become an international event. Many people from many nations now participate.

NaNoWriMo was started in July 1999 by writer Chris Baty and its first year only had twenty participants, all of them in the San Francisco area. It has grown in leaps and bounds since that time. By 2000 it had its own website and had grown to 140 participants. NaNoWriMo really took off in 2001. That year they had expected only 150 participants. Instead they had 5000. What is even more surprising is that at that time NaNoWriMo did not yet have an automated system through which people could register. Every registration had to be done by hand! It has since grown even more, with 59,703 people participating in 2005 and 101,767 in 2006.

At any rate, until 30 November I am going to be working on my novel of the moment. Between that and my other writing, blog posts might be a little sparse here. Rest assured, I will make at least three posts a week as usual!

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