What is NaNoWriMo?

Skylar Mink, Staff Writer

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Along with the close of the first marking period on November 1st was the first day of a worldwide event called NaNoWriMo. National Novel Writing Month, commonly called NaNo or NaNoWriMo by its participants, takes place every November. It’s a month-long competition to write fifty-thousand words over a month, which is more-or-less the length of a novel. Even though it’s technically only a national event, writers participate from all over the world.
The first NaNoWriMo was in 1999, created and hosted by founder Chris Baty. Back then, it only had twenty-one participants. In 2017, it had over three-hundred thousand. NaNoWriMo is now a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that hosted a variety of events and programs, including their virtual Camp NaNoWriMo and the Young Writers Program.

Daily, NaNoWriMo’s mission inspires writers across the globe. “We were in our mid-twenties, and we had no idea what we were doing,” Chris Baty stated in his novel, No Plot? No Problem!. Baty goes on to impel young writers by saying “…We knew we loved books. So we set out to write them,” This motto is the basis NaNoWriMo was founded on and continues to serve as a motivation to future authors.

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