Maybe you’ve heard or seen people discussing this NaNoWriMo thing in previous years but had no idea what it was. It’s shorthand for National Novel Writing Month – held in November to keep with the alliteration? – thousands of people try to write a 50 thousand word novel during the month of November. It’s a way to push those who have thought about writing a book to actually take the plunge.
Participating in NaNoWriMo in no way means that you have completed the entire process to get published. It is just to write the first draft of your novel – you will need to do rewrites, get edited multiple times, and do more rewrites after the month is over. The best part of NaNoWriMo is the support. Writing is a pretty solitary endeavor so NaNoWriMo helps alleviate that by creating a community online and supporting events around the process. Check your local library for NaNoWriMo events all month long if you want in person interaction with other writers.
There are also some great articles and tip guides that are published by authors and editors every November to help and inspire participants. Some of them are linked here but if you have a favorite author, check their website or blog to see if he or she has posted something for NaNoWriMo.