November is NaNoWriMo (pronounced “naa-noh-ree-moh”) – National Novel Writing Month. All over the country, people from every walk of life will be sharpening their keyboards and diving into novel writing, and here at MV we will be joining in the madness. The NaNoWriMo website offers this description:
National Novel Writing Month is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to novel writing. Participants begin writing November 1. The goal is to write a 175-page (50,000-word) novel by midnight, November 30.
Valuing enthusiasm and perseverance over painstaking craft, NaNoWriMo is a novel-writing program for everyone who has thought fleetingly about writing a novel but has been scared away by the time and effort involved.
Because of the limited writing window, the ONLY thing that matters in NaNoWriMo is output. It's all about quantity, not quality. The kamikaze approach forces you to lower your expectations, take risks, and write on the fly.
Make no mistake: You will be writing a lot of [garbage]. And that's a good thing.
We are going to spend the month living the life of writers – we will spend most of the day writing, talking to writers and reading each others’ work. You will not be sitting in a classroom or a stuffy computer lab, though – we will have our own writing studio where you can be comfortable. You will have daily writing goals, we will talk to local writers about the writing process and take a few field trips to Ann Arbor to hear acclaimed writers read sections from their soon-to-be-published work.
Because we will not have the whole month to work with, we are cutting back on the word limit a little – 35,000 words in 23 days (about 1,500 words a day). Remember: It’s about quantity, not quality. (Which isn’t to say that you won’t exit the Winterim a better writer than you entered it – we will spend some time focusing on the craft of fiction writing over the course of the month.) And when the dust clears, you’ll be a novelist!