August NaNoWriMo

NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing  Month. It usually occurs in November, but since last year, the team behind NaNoWriMo have begun holding writing months in the summer as well. This year, NaNoWriMo is happening in June, August, and November.

NaNoWriMo requires one to write 50,000 words of fiction in one month. I believe Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury is about that length. It is a very difficult climb, at least for me. I have participated twice already, not counting this month, and I have not completed the challenge once.

This activity lowers your expectations of yourself–instead of requiring yourself to write “bestseller material”, you aim for “will not make readers vomit”. However, I’ve discovered, this doesn’t lower the quality of writing produced significantly.

I would recommend it for any writers. It is fun, and perhaps you can learn something along the way. At any rate, you will get bragging rights at the end. For more information, go to

Word count so far: 3, 300



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