Unleash Your Inner Author: NaNoWriMo

By Ashley Rands, Marketing

NaNoWriMo is more than just a writing challenge; it’s a celebration of creativity and a testament to the power of human determination. Whether you’re an experienced author or someone who has always dreamed of writing a novel, NaNoWriMo provides a platform to make it happen. BDR Publishing has created several blogs over the years to help writers with this particular challenge. Join us as we discuss our previous blogs and how they can still help you with this current year’s challenge. 

NaNoWriMo in a Nutshell

NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month. It’s an annual creative writing challenge that takes place each November. The goal? To write a 50,000-word novel in just 30 days. That’s roughly 1,667 words per day, a challenging feat for even the most prolific writers. The emphasis here is on quantity over quality, encouraging participants to turn off their inner editors and simply write. To start off we have some NaNoWriMo: Positives and Negatives that can help you decide if you really want to participate in this challenge or are just curious to discover more about this challenge.

Previous NaNoWriMo Blogs

In 2022 we released 4 blogs throughout the month to help aspiring writers achieve their NaNoWriMo dream. How To Make the Most of NaNoWriMo – Week 1 helps with the first week of the challenge. In this blog we discuss the importance of writing extra, having an outline, researching or building your world, and developing your character. Check it out if you need help with that first week. 

Second blog we published is How to Survive NaNoWriMo – Week 2. Week 2 has its own set of challenges and this blog can help you through those challenges. Highlights from this blog include subjects like rewarding yourself, making your writing more exciting, and skipping the hard parts. 

Third blog released in 2022 is How to Overcome Creative Burnout During NaNoWriMo. Oftentimes during the 3rd week of this challenge you can get burnt out. If you struggled last year during this week you might find some great tips to help you work through that writing burnout in this blog. 

The final blog published last year is How to Make it to the End of NaNoWriMo. All authors who are working on this challenge of course want to make it to the end. They want to cross the finish line and say I did it! The writing marathon is almost complete and in this blog we discuss things to keep in mind as you are finishing the challenge. 

Other Blogs for NaNoWriMo

If you still are stressing about National Novel Writing Month and these previous blogs have not eased your sense of apprehension then check out one more blog that can give you some extra tips and suggestions. BDR Publishing gives you 5 Tips to Survive NaNoWriMo and those tips include the following:

  1. Keep writing
  2. Change things up
  3. Don’t give up if you get behind
  4. Chat with another NaNoWriMo participant 
  5. Promise yourself an award

The Origins

NaNoWriMo was founded by Chris Baty in July 1999, and the first official event took place in November of the same year. What began as a small group of friends challenging themselves to write novels has since grown into a global phenomenon. Today, hundreds of thousands of people around the world participate in NaNoWriMo each year.

So, this November, why not take the plunge and join the global community of writers as they embark on a journey of literary exploration? Your story is waiting to be told, and NaNoWriMo is your chance to bring it to life.