Figs, start your novel-writing engines. November is National Novel Writing Month, that auspicious time each year when writers around the country (and world!) commit to completing an entire novel in a mere 30 days. Last year, 250,000 writers participated, collectively logging a staggering 3,134,985,183 words. (Check out the history of NaNoWriMo here.)
We’re crazy about NaNoWriMo because it creates a spirit of community among writers everywhere, and because the effort to meet daily word count goals has a liberating effect, freeing you from that pesky inner editor. (Be quiet, inner editor!)
And since so many of you are clearly primed for some serious NaNoWriMo excitement, we’ve teamed up with the NaNoWriMo Young Writers Program to bring you a host of NaNo-centric festivities. Here’s how you can get involved:
–Sign up at the YWP site for resources to plan your novel, count your words, and keep you inspired all month long.
-Starting November 1, keep your novels-in-progress updated on Figment, and be sure to tag them NaNoWriMo11. You’ll be rewarded with a fancy new badge . . .
-Head over to Groups to join our Official 2011 NaNoWriMo/Figment Group, where you can discuss your novel writing processes, share and workshop sections of your novels, share writing break distractions, and generally commiserate about the alternately arduous and exhilarating process of writing a novel in a month. Figment and NaNo admins will be dropping in regularly to share words of encouragement. The group is listed as private, but anyone can request access, so don’t be shy!
–Handpicked Figs: Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday throughout November, we’ll highlight your burgeoning NaNoWriMo novels on the Figment homepage as Handpicked Figs.
–NaNoWriMo library: Then, when you’re all done, in December, we’ll highlight your hard work through a dedicated NaNoWriMo page where you can read the November novels written by you and your fellow Figs.