The Most Difficult Worldwide Writing Contest

Julia Esposito ‘18
EE Staff Writer


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The month of November brings with it an annual widespread competition that you probably haven’t heard of – and it’s called Nanowrimo.

Every year, authors across the globe prepare themselves specifically for this month, where they take on a huge challenge.
The actual name Nanowrimo stands for National Novel Writing Month. During the month of November, writers attempt to create an entire novel at least 50,000 words in length.

You may ask how this could be possible to do in only one month. You would be surprised to know that some young adult books you can find on the shelves of our Trumbull High School library were written in just the month of November.

Some examples include the book Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell and the entire Cinder series written by Marissa Meyer. It may seem like a difficult task to finish the first draft of a book in just a month, but it’s very possible, and also very popular.

The very first Nanowrimo occurred in 1999 and since then, it has grown into a huge phenomenon. The goal of Nanowrimo is to spread creativity and to get people inspired to write and finish a first draft. Writing the first draft of a book is hard, but with a time limit and inspiration from the Nanowrimo team, it is a lot easier than it sounds.

The Nanowrimo site has a lot of different offers which can help writers try to complete their goal. When someone first signs up to join Nanowrimo on the website, they are met with a pop-up asking them to input the novel they will be working on for the next month.

Throughout the upcoming weeks, authors will update their word count until they finally reach the goal of 50,000. As they journey through their novel, they will gain awards for passing key checkpoints, such as reaching 10,000 words.

They also have a computed chart so those doing Nanowrimo can know just how many words they need to finish, what their average word count per day should look like to finish on time, and many other helpful tools.

That’s still not everything Nanowrimo offers its contestants. It also has a YouTube page where it occasionally live streams footage of Nanowrimo staff who offer writing prompts, and other games in order to get writers to write more.

As mentioned earlier, Nanowrimo is a competition, except not in the way you think. In most competitions, many people enter in the hope of winning the ultimate prize and coming in first. For Nanowrimo, you simply have to reach the goal of 50,000 words to win. This is a hard task, but winning the competition comes with a large amount of satisfaction. Plus, at the end of the month, Nanowrimo awards its winners with many awesome deals, such as being able to get a free printed copy of your book and also being able to buy a shirt claiming the title of Nanowrimo winner.

Nanowrimo is an exciting contest for anyone who’s up for the challenge. Writing a first draft of a book can be a scary thought, but you can never know what it’s like if you never try.

As the month continues, more and more people will continue writing their stories in the hopes of reaching the overall goal of 50,000 words and receiving the greatest reward of all – self-accomplishment.

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