Into the Blue

Let the Insanity Begin

October 22nd, 2010

After skipping the past two years, I’m again contemplating joining the insanity that is National Novel Writing Month (known affectionately by its participants as NaNoWriMo). The challenge is to write 50,000 words of prose within the thirty days of November. Nothing is ventured, nothing is gained. You merely have the inner satisfaction of knowing you were able to beat the deadline. I’ve participated twice in the past and the closest I believe I ever came was with 24,000 words. I have nine days to decide.

The contest is now international, but has still kept its moniker of NaNoWriMo (InNoWriMo just lacks the same ring). What started out as a friendly challenge between a small group in the San Fransisco Bay Area in 1999 has since taken off to become a promotion of creative writing. In addition to the competition, the Office of Letters and Light (as the organization administration calls themselves), also has developed the Young Writers Program to educate young writers and to assist educators in bringing the NaNoWriMo program to the classroom. If you’re an educator or a parent looking to encourage your children to write, I would highly recommend you look into the Young Writers Program.

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