Yes, it does look like I’ve just randomly hit the keyboard to produce my title but those actually stand for something. November brings with it NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). This was started in 1999 in the US by a group of friends to motivate them to write more. Since then it has spread across the world, with over 165,000 participants joining in last year.
So what is it? The premise is simple; you try to write a 50,000 word novel in a month, specifically the month of November. What do you win? Nothing, you are doing it for the glory.
In my writers group (SuperNova) we have found a few problems with NaNo. Firstly, November is generally not a good month, there is the lead up to Christmas and the weather has finally turned into something you want to get out into. Secondly, 50,000 words is a lot of words. Many people miss the target and find it disheartening, hurting their writing more than helping. Finally, we are all commitment phobic, we have trouble dedicating ourselves to just one novel as the NaNoWriMo rules dictate.
Hence WriMoFoFo was born; Write More For Four. The aim is to write more words than you would normally write over a four week period. So you set your own target; 20K, 10K or even 100K whatever is right for you. You can write anything; a novel, short stories, poems, whatever you want to count toward your writing goal. We even have an ‘edited words’ section for those who don’t need to write something new but rather fix something that already exists.
Normally we run WriMoFoFo earlier in the year, or when the weather is turning bad. But as fate would have it, we all have deadlines to meet, so we are running a WriMoFoFo across November.
So whether you want to WriMoFoFo or NaNoWriMo it doesn’t matter, because even if you don’t hit that magic 50K either challenge will see an increase in the number of words you write –and that is always something to aspire to! You have a week to decide; NaNo or FoFo?