National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) set to kickoff Friday
In its 15th year, National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) expects 500,000 writers to join the largest writing event on the planet. The challenge? To write 50,000 words of a novel in the 30 days of November. Half a million people on all seven continents – including one very chilly writer at Antarctica’s McMurdo Station – will set aside the time to write their stories starting Friday.
Through the Young Writers Program, NaNoWriMo also provides free resources and curriculum to more than 80,000 students and educators in 2,000 classrooms. Additionally, 692 volunteer Municipal Liaisons will host write-ins and events in 500 regions around the world.
One of those Municipal Liaisons, Kim Votry, lives in Edmonds, helping lead some of the 15,000 writers between Seattle and Everett participating in NaNoWriMo.
“I don’t know why it works, but it does,” said Votry. “The excitement, the focus, and the accountability of NaNoWriMo helps everyone get tons of words written during November.” Votry speaks from experience. She will write her fourth NaNoWriMo novel this year, and has coached students through the process, too.
NaNo Executive Director Grant Faulkner said, “NaNoWriMo is an unbeatable way to write the first draft of a novel because it’s such a powerful antidote to that horrible foe of creativity: self-doubt. NaNoWriMo is a rollicking conversation about all aspects of writing, and an invitation to dare to do what seems impossible. As many NaNoWriMo writers have discovered, the best way to learn to write a novel is by simply plunging in to write a novel.”
Votry, who is also a volunteer for the Write on the Sound writers conference, and a founding member of EPIC Group Writers, has NaNo events planned for the local region. “To really be connected,” she suggests, “you want to go to the NaNoWriMo.org website and create a free account. Then click the Local Events tab and select Washington::Elsewhere as your home region. That way you’ll get my email announcements and can see the current calendar.”
According to Votry, “The Edmonds Library has offered to host both out a Kick-Off (Nov. 1, 4:30-5:30) and Thank Goodness It’s Over (Dec. 1, 1-2 p.m.) parties, with the Friends of the Edmonds Library providing refreshments.”
Other write-in events are scheduled at the Third Place Commons in Lake Forest Park, and in downtown Edmonds, including a Fundraising Write-In at Cafe Louvre on Nov. 9, from 3-5 p.m. For a full list of local events, check out the NaNo calendar here, and get started on that Great American Novel.