It's a community of writers who gather for one month [November] to write as many words as they can and in 30 days produce a full novel. Sound crazy? It is! But it's also a great way to connect with other writers and to focus all your creative energy toward one complete product. The full NaNoWriMo program pushes writers to write 50,000 words, but the NaNoWriMo Young Writers Program gives student age writers the opportunity to set attainable word count goals that allow for obligations like oh, school, extracurriculars and a social life, on the side.
But don't take my word for it! Listen to a young NaNo writer below speak about what it is and why she participates (also I want her book shelf full of YA goodness!)
A big part of NaNoWriMo is the social media, forum community and pep talk inspiration.
NaNo is not just for amateur writers either... many bestselling published authors have taken on the competition to challenge themselves, including Maggie Stiefvater and John Green.
I highly recommend any students interested in writing to take the plunge and write! Visit the Official NaNoWriMo Twitter feed for daily (or more like hourly) motivation, especially reminder to stop editing and start writing. NaNos, we have books and sites to support your writing journey , and you will have all of GMS cheering you on!