It's NAtional NOvel WRIting MOnth. Take the capitals and you get this obnoxious and hard to pronounce term for a month-long challenge to write a novel. The idea behind it is that if you write 2,000 words a day, for the 30 days in November, at the end of the month you'll have a 60,000 word novel (check the math).
Pretty cool idea right? I thought so in 2013 when I wrote the first draft of Freelancer in November. I cranked out 2,000 words a day, even writing a few thousand on Thanksgiving, to finish my first book. It was a pretty terrible manuscript when the month was over but I had something. I had written a novel and it was a great feeling.
Fast forward a few years and I've published 4 books now in various genres and of various lengths. I actually wrote another novel for NaNoWriMo 2014, but I didn't feel like that book was publishable. It was called Shadow Trodden and eventually, I want to dust it off and rewrite it. But not this month.
That's right, for the first time since 2014, I'm going to do NaNoWriMo. That means 2,000 words a day, no matter what. My main target is a new project that has been tentatively called "Zombie Comedy". It's a new genre, and honestly, I have no idea if I can write anything funny or not, but I'm excited to branch out and give it a try.
Oh, by the way, NaNoWriMo is open to anyone. If you've ever considered writing a book, today is a great day to start.